Earlier today, the UTEP women's basketball team was picked 5th in Conference USA by the league's 14 head coaches. In addition, Miner seniors Jenzel Nash and Sparkle Taylor were both named to the 2016-17 C-USA Preseason Team.

Nash and Taylor will be looked upon to lead the Miners after both received All C-USA honors last season. Nash was named to the league's first team and averaged 13.8 points and 2.8 assists per game. Taylor was the Sixth-Player of the Year and averaged 9.8 points in only 17.3 minutes per game.

UTEP began practice this week in anticipation of the first exhibition game on November 4th against St. Mary's. Season tickets are still available for purchase, by calling (915) 747-6150 or e-mailing seasontickets@utep.edu.

2016-17 C-USA PRESEASON POLL (#) first-place votes
1. WKU (6)
2. Middle Tennessee (5)
3. Old Dominion (2)
4. Charlotte
5. UTEP
6. North Texas
7. Rice
8. Southern Miss
9. UAB
10. Marshall
11. UTSA (1)
12. Louisiana Tech
13. Florida Atlantic
14. FIU

2016-17 C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Lefty Webster | Charlotte | Junior | G | Norfolk, Va.
Ty Petty | Middle Tennessee | Senior | G | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Alex Johnson | Middle Tennessee | Sophomore | F | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Jennie Simms | Old Dominion | Junior | G | Accokeek, Md.
Jenzel Nash | UTEP | RS Senior | G | Houston, Texas
Sparkle Taylor | UTEP | Senior | G | Flint, Mich.
Tashia Brown | WKU | Junior | F | Lake Park, Ga.
*Kendall Noble | WKU | RS Senior | G | Hazard, Ky.
*Denotes Preseason Player of the Year