UTEP released their 2017-18 women's basketball schedule yesterday and the Miners will play seven games away from the Don Haskins Center in their non-conference portion.

"We look forward to our pre-season schedule," head coach Kevin Baker said in the official release. "We will begin our season with six straight home contests. We are very excited about the opportunity to play in front of our great fan-base."

This year the team returns home in late November to host Arkansas and Texas Southern in their Thanksgiving Classic.

"We are really excited about our Thanksgiving Classic," Baker said. "We will play two upper level teams in Arkansas and Texas Southern. Soon after, we will hit the road to Myrtle Beach to play East Carolina and then to New Orleans to participate in the Tulane Classic. We will then tune up for conference play by heading out to Los Angeles to play Cal State Fullerton and UC-Riverside. We hope that this competitive schedule helps our team improve daily and prepares us for tough conference play."

As for league play, C-USA coaches adopted a different schedule this season and they elected to play 16 conference games rather than 18. They also concentrated on the strongest RPI teams from a season ago playing against each other twice in league play in order to give C-USA a better opportunity to increase their RPI and send multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament. "We are very excited about the new Conference USA schedule," Baker said. "Our conference has worked very hard to put together a new format which will undoubtedly enhance our chances to put several teams in the mix to obtain a spot in the NCAA Tournament."

For the fourth consecutive season, 600 ESPN El Paso will broadcast UTEP women's basketball games, with former Miners star Traci Miller joining either Brandon Cohn, Duke Keith, Tim Hagerty, or Steve Kaplowitz courtside for all of the action.

2017-18 UTEP Women’s Basketball Schedule
Date               Day             Opponent             Location                                Time
October 29     Sunday       Sul Ross&              Don Haskins Center        1 p.m.
November 4   Saturday     St. Mary’s&            Don Haskins Center         1 p.m.
November 11  Saturday    CSU Bakersfield     Don Haskins Center        1 p.m.
November 18 Saturday    Texas A&M CC       Don Haskins Center         7 p.m.
UTEP Thanksgiving Classic
November 24  Friday        Arkansas                Don Haskins Center     2:30 p.m.
November 25 Saturday    Texas Southern       Don Haskins Center    2:30 p.m.
November 30 Thursday    New Mexico            Don Haskins Center    5:30 p.m.
December 2   Saturday     Houston Baptist      Don Haskins Center        1 p.m.
December 5 Tuesday      at Arkansas State     Jonesboro, Ark                          TBA
December 10 Saturday   at NM State               Las Cruces, N.M.                      TBA
December 17 Sunday    vs. East Carolina        Myrtle Beach, S.C.           11:30 a.m.
December 21 Thursday  vs. Samford               New Orleans/Tulane Univ.        TBA
December 22 Friday       vs. Georgetown         New Orleans/Tulane Univ.        TBA
December 29 Friday       vs. CSU Fullerton      Los Angeles, Calif.                    TBA
December 30 Saturday   vs. CSU Riverside     Los Angeles, Calif.                    TBA
January 5       Friday       at FIU*                       Miami, Fla.                                TBA
January 7       Sunday     at Florida Atlantic*     Boca Raton, Fla.                       TBA
January 11     Thursday  Charlotte*                   Don Haskins Center          1 p.m.
January 13     Saturday   Middle Tennessee*    Don Haskins Center          1 p.m.
January 18     Thursday   Florida Atlantic          Don Haskins Center          7 p.m.
January 26      Friday      at Rice*                      Houston, Texas                          TBA
January 28      Sunday    at North Texas*          Denton, Texas                            TBA
February 2      Friday        UAB*                         Don Haskins Center           7 p.m.
February 4      Sunday     UTSA*                        San Antonio, Texas                   TBA
February 10    Saturday   LA Tech*                    Don Haskins Center           1 p.m.
February 15    Thursday  at Marshall*                Huntington, W. Va.                     TBA
February 17    Saturday   at Old Dominion*       Norfolk, Va.                                 TBA
February 23    Friday       UTSA*                        Don Haskins Center           7 p.m.
February 25    Sunday     at Southern Miss*          Hattiesburg, Miss.                   TBA
March 1           Thursday  FIU*                           Don Haskins Center           7 p.m.
March 3           Saturday  WKU*                         Don Haskins Center           1 p.m.
Bold denotes home game
& Exhibition Game
* Conference USA Game
All Times Mountain