UTEP will attempt to move to 10-0 on the year when it heads west to challenge Loyola Marymount at 3 p.m. MST Saturday. The Miners (9-0) dispatched Northern Colorado, 74-51, on Dec. 13 to stay perfect on the campaign while the Lions (3-7) were bounced by Portland State, 70-55, on Dec. 10. The game will be broadcast locally in El Paso on 1150 AM. Fans can also get live updates by following @UTEPWBB on Twitter or through the gametracker feed.
Looking For Unprecedented Road Success
UTEP is 2-0 on the road for the first time since 2006-07 and the third occasion overall. It has never posted three straight road triumphs to open a year, something it will look to change against the Lions Saturday.
We Meet Again
UTEP leads the series with Loyola Marymount, 2-1, but the last meeting occurred during the 1990-91 campaign. The Miners are 1-1 all time against the Lions in Los Angeles.
December Has Been A Month To Remember
UTEP is 44-23 under Keitha Adams in December, including 3-0 this year. The Miners are 21-1 at home in the month since the start of the 2006-07 season. Other months UTEP has winning records in are November (33-21) and January (42-37).
And Then There Were 11
Four teams suffered their first loss of the season in the past week, making UTEP one of 11 undefeated squads in NCAA Division I women’s basketball (through all games play on Dec. 13).
Elite Stat-Wise Too
The Miners boast top-50 rankings in nine major team stat categories out of 336 squads nationally, including five within the top-20 (5th FG% defense, 6th 3PT% defense, 12th blocked shots, 16th scoring margin & 20th scoring defense).
This year’s Miners (9-0) stand alone for the best start to a season in program history, eclipsing the effort out of the gates by the 1996-97 squad (7-0). In terms of the Keitha Adams era, the previous record for longest winning streak to christen a campaign was four in 2006-07. That team went on to record the first 20-win season in school history at 22-8.
Talking Home Winning Streak
The Miners are now 7-0 on the year in El Paso, which ranks tied as the fourth-longest home winning streak in program history. The school standard was set during the 2007-08 season when UTEP finished 14-0 at home.
Talking Road Winning Streak
The Miners have won consecutive road games, which puts them on the cusp of notching just the sixth three-game winning streak away from home in program history. The school standard is nine, set in 2007-08, while the 1980-81 squad (twice), 1992-93 & 1997-98 teams all posted three straight victories in hostile territory.
Talking Overall Winning Streak
UTEP’s nine-game winning streak checks in as the third longest in program history. The 2006-07 squad rattled off 10 in a row, which this year’s Miners can match with a victory at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The school standard is 23, which was set during the historic 2007-08 campaign.
Following The Miners In 2011-12
Video and audio for every home game for the Miners on the year will be available through Miner TV on UTEPAthletics.com (subscription-based). All of the road contests on the season for UTEP will be broadcast on Talk Radio 1150 AM.
Staying Up Through Social Media
To keep up with the very latest on the program, LIKE the team’s page on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/UTEPWomensBasketball ) and follow the official team Twitter Feed (www.twitter.com/UTEPWBB ). Additionally, connect with head coach Keitha Adams by following her on Twitter, @UTEPKeithaAdams.