Banner Ceremony Set For Saturday's Game Against Savannah State
Nov. 21, 2008
The UTEP women's basketball team is set to take on Savannah State at 7:05 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, with a historic pre-game ceremony also on the docket. The Miners will officially unveil the Conference USA Championship and NCAA Tournament banners in a special presentation before the contest.
The banners will forever commemorate the incredible 2007-08 campaign for UTEP. The Miners went 28-4, including the first-ever undefeated record in Conference USA play (16-0). The league championship was the first in program history and just the second ever by a women's team at UTEP. The Miners earned an at-large bid into the "Big Dance"-their initial appearance in a postseason tournament- and advanced into the second round by stomping Western Kentucky, 92-60, in the opening round.
This year, the Orange and Blue stand at 1-2 after their thrilling 54-50 triumph against I-10 rival New Mexico State on Thursday. Junior forward Timika Williams led the way against the Aggies with a monstrous double-double (17 points/15 boards) while freshmen Dietra Caldwell and Briana Green provided clutch play down the stretch.
The duo combined to score 17 of the final 18 points on the night for the Miners. Included among the sequence was a pressure-packed triple by Caldwell, off a great pass from junior forward Marta Micula, to afford the Miners a 51-47 lead with 30 seconds left. Green then iced the contest by sinking two free throws to put away the Aggies, who had climbed within two (52-50) with three seconds on the clock.
For the season, Caldwell paces a very balanced UTEP offensive attack at 9.0 points per game. Williams (8.7) and Jareica Hughes (8.5) are close behind, while Green and Brittnay Jones check in at 7.0 ppg apiece.
The Lady Tigers carry a 2-1 mark into the match-up against the Miners. They are coming off a 68-31 thrashing of Edward Waters College, an NAIA school, on Thursday. The Lady Tigers' roster features seven freshman-just like UTEP, but their leading scorer and rebounder comes in the form of senior Nikki Robinson. She paces SSU with 10.0 ppg to go along with 6.7 rpg.
Live audio and video of the game will be available through the all-access link on www.utepathletics.com.