UTEP hosts Florida Atlantic Saturday on Senior Day
EL PASO, Texas - UTEP women’s basketball wraps up the regular season portion of the home slate with a Saturday matinee against Florida Atlantic at 1 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center.
Seniors Avery Crouse, Erin Wilson, Sabine Lipe and Mahri Petree will all be honored prior to the game.
In addition, the game will serve as Fan Appreciation Day with those in attendance able to win prize packs for their tremendous support of the program this season.
This is the second meeting of the season between the Miners (18-8, 11-6 C-USA) and the Owls (12-14, 5-12 C-USA), as UTEP came out on top 79-78 in overtime in Boca Raton back in January.
Fans can watch the game on Saturday on Stadium Plus and CUSA.tv with Mando Medina and Rachel Phillips calling the action courtside. Live stats will be available on the UTEP SIDEARM Stats Portal.
SCOUTING FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Freshman Aniya Hubbard has made an instant impact for the Owls this season, leading the way with 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
She also paces the team with 66 assists and 65 steals. Hubbard has been named C-USA Freshman of the Week four times this season. Janeta Rozentale complements Hubbard as an inside option, tallying 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
On the boards, FAU is third in C-USA with 38.9 per game.
The Owls are 1-8 in their last nine games dating back to the first meeting of the season against UTEP.
Two of those defeats have come by one point and five by double digits.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
UTEP leads the head-to-head series 11- 5. Dating back to Jan. 18, 2018, UTEP has won seven of the last nine games in the series. The Miners have won five of the seven meetings in El Paso.
MOST WINS IN A SEASON AT UTEP UNDER BAKER
The 18 wins this year marks the most in a season to this point for a Kevin Baker team at UTEP.
His 2017-18 and 2020-21 teams each won 17 contests.
His 2020-21 team set the high mark for conference wins, coming away on top in 13 games, a number which is within reach for the current squad as well. Seniors Avery Crouse and Sabine Lipe were each also on the 2020-21 squad.
UTEP continues to remain positioned well for a bye in the first round of the C-USA Championships. The Miners lead sixth-place North Texas by 2.5 games in the standings.
The Mean Green have two games left and UTEP has three, with North Texas holding the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage.
The top-five teams automatically advance in the tournament. If the season ended today, the Miners would be the No. 3 seed by virtue of WKU holding the head-to-head tiebreaker, though the two sides meet next Thursday in Bowling Green in a game that could very likely decide the No. 2 seed.
Four teams are currently within a game of each other from the No. 2 through No. 5 spots in the standings.