Miners to Take on Western Kentucky in First NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2008

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The wait is finally over for the UTEP women's basketball team. The Miners learned on Monday night that they will face Western Kentucky in the first round of their first NCAA Tournament this weekend.

UTEP (27-3), a seventh seed, will take on the 10th seed Lady Toppers (26-7) on Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

Game time will be announced on Tuesday.

The winner of Saturday's game will meet either second seed Stanford (30-3) or 15th seed Cleveland State (19-13) on March 24, also in Stanford.

Western Kentucky was the Sun Belt Conference's East Division champion this year with a 16-2 record. The Lady Toppers beat Middle Tennessee, 65-49, to capture the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title on March 11 in Mobile.

Western Kentucky is led by senior forward Crystal Kelly, who averages 22.7 points per game to rank sixth in the nation. She is also averaging 10.6 rebounds, eighth in the country, and tops the NCAA with a .649 field goal percentage. The 6-3 Kelly is one of four Lady Topper players with double figure scoring averages.

The Lady Toppers are eighth in the nation in field goal percentage (.468) and 10th in rebound margin (+7.6 rpg).



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