The UTEP women's basketball team arrived in Birmingham, Alabama tonight to begin preparation for their CUSA Tournament quarterfinals game Thursday morning. The Miners are the top seed in the conference tournament and they await the winner of tomorrow's battle between UAB and Southern Miss.

Earlier this week, CUSA handed out its regular season awards and the Miners took home plenty of honors. Keitha Adams became the first coach in CUSA history to be named Coach of the Year three times. Senior Cameasha Turner and redshirt junior Jenzel Nash were both named to the conference first team while senior Starr Breedlove made the second team. Turner and Breedlove were also chosen to the CUSA All-Defensive Team, while the Miners' transfer point guard from Louisville was named CUSA Newcomer of the Year. Finally, UTEP junior Sparkle Taylor deservedly took home the CUSA Sixth Man of the Year.

For Adams, winning the CUSA Coach of the Year award for the third time in her career is not enough. Her team won 25 regular season games, but she still knows that they have plenty of unfinished business this week. Before the team left El Paso, 600 ESPN El Paso caught up with Coach Adams in her office to discuss her team's preparation for the postseason trip to Birmingham.

I will be courtside with Traci Miller to call every UTEP game in the CUSA Tournament on 600 ESPN El Paso.

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