Keitha Adams Announces 2006-07 UTEP Womens Basketball Schedule
UTEP head women’s basketball coach Keitha Adams revealed the schedule for the 2006-07 campaign on Tuesday, with a program-record 18 regular-season home games highlighting the slate.
“We’re very excited about our team and this season,” Adams said. “We’ve worked hard to put together a quality schedule. We feel that it’s a competitive schedule that will be fun for our players and fans. We focused on trying to have as many home games during November and December.
“It makes for a great schedule for our season ticket holders. We had several tough battles last year with North Texas, Louisiana Lafayette, Northern Arizona, and NMSU, so it should be some great basketball,” Adams added.
After an exhibition game on Nov 1, the Miners christen the regular season on Nov. 11 against St. Mary’s University. The contest marks the first of five straight home games.
In a rare back-to-back format, UTEP squares off against UT-San Antonio on Nov. 17 before battling UC-Irvine on Nov. 18. The match-up against Irvine will be the first between the two programs since the 1995-96 season, while the Orange and Blue last faced off against the Roadrunners during the 2003-04 campaign.
Rival New Mexico State invades on Nov. 26 for the first of two meetings on the year. UTEP also challenges the Aggies on Nov. 29. In between, the Orange and Blue play host to perennial national power Arizona on Nov. 29.
“Our returning players and coaches will be excited to have the rematch with powerhouse Arizona,” Adams said. “This is a top program in the country. To have it here at UTEP will be a big, big game.”
Following the contest in Las Cruces, the Miners return to El Paso for five successive home games. Revenge will be on their mind for the first two, as North Texas (Dec. 2) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Dec. 10) dealt UTEP heartbreaking setbacks last season.
Prairie View A&M battles the Miners on Dec. 12 before UT-Permian Basin returns to the Sun City on Dec. 16. UTEP routed UTPB, 103-61, last year, while it has not faced A&M since the 1999-00 campaign. A match-up against Arkansas Pine Blue on Dec. 20 wraps up the non-conference home slate for the Orange and Blue.
Before embarking on the Conference USA portion of its schedule, UTEP plays a return game at Northern Arizona on Dec. 29. The Miners cruised past the Lumberjacks, 68-49, to tip off the campaign in fine fashion a year ago.
League action commences on Jan. 2 for the Orange and Blue, as Tulane invades the Sun City. UTEP split a pair of games against the Green Wave last season. Rice and Houston make it three C-USA games in less than a week, as they battle the Miners on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7, respectively.
“We look forward to a very competitive CUSA schedule,” Adams said. “I’d like to encourage fans to get their season tickets and come support the Miners!”
A three-game road trip follows. Up first is a contest at SMU on Jan. 12 before the Miners head to Oklahoma where the Tulsa Golden Hurricane await on Jan. 14. UTEP split the series against each program last year, emerging victorious at home but falling short on the road. The final match-up of the road swing is at Tulane, on Jan. 20.
UCF pays its first visit to the Don Haskins Center in program history on Jan. 26. The Miners will vie to avenge last year’s loss at the hands of the Golden Knights. Southern Miss wraps up the weekend with a game on the 28th.
The Miners then commence a challenging stretch of five of six games away from the friendly confines of the Don Haskins Center. A stay in the Houston area will entail contests at Rice and Houston, before UTEP heads east to Birmingham where UAB awaits on Feb. 7.
The Orange and Blue return home, albeit briefly, to challenge Memphis from the Volunteer State. They will try to avenge the 71-66 setback at the hands of the Tigers last season.
UTEP ventures away from El Paso for the final time the middle of Feb., with trips to East Carolina (Feb. 15) and Marshal (Feb. 17) on tap. The Miners fell to the Pirates in ’05, but knocked off the Thundering Herd.
The regular season concludes with match-ups against Tulsa and SMU on Feb. 22 and 24th, respectively. The Orange and Blue’s five outgoing student-athletes will be honored with “Senior Day.”
The real fun starts on March 1, with the beginning of the C-USA tournament. The event is slated to run from March 1-4 and will be held in Tulsa, Okla.