My incredible journey with the UTEP women's basketball team continued this past week as we traveled to Dallas, Denton, and Houston to play at North Texas and Rice.  My second priceless experience of traveling with the team and calling their games began last Wednesday when we left for Dallas at 7 a.m.  We were supposed to leave later in the afternoon but with a forecast for ice and snow Coach Adams decided that we leave much earlier in the day which proved to be quite a wise decision.

Upon our arrival in Dallas we then drove to the Super Pit which is the home of the North Texas Mean Green for a team practice.  The Super Pit was a beautiful venue and even had some parallels to an NBA arena in my opinion.  Without question, I think it was the most impressive one that myself and the team visited during my two road trips with them.

UTEP freshman center Marta Miscenko at team practice in Denton, Texas. (photos by Brandon Cohn)
Coach Adams running practice at UNT.

Following a great practice in Denton the team and I went out for a fantastic meal and headed to the hotel.  It had been raining all day and once the sun set the rain turned into an ice storm.  The temperature continued to drop rapidly and later on in the evening it began to snow quite a bit.  Here is a video that I took of the storm last Wednesday night. Luckily for us the inclement weather didn't have an effect on our team shoot around or game the following day as the snow began to melt once the sun came up and the temperature rose.

The Miners played well against North Texas and won 69-61 in a back and forth battle.  Stacie Telles and Lulu McKinney each scored 16 points, and Cameasha Turner added 15.  Following the game we drove to Houston which was about a four hour trip.  We made it into town at around 2 a.m.  The next day we went to the Tudor Fieldhouse on the campus of Rice University for a team practice.

UTEP freshman forward Agata Dobrowolska.
UTEP junior guard Anete Kirsteine is affectionately known as 'AK' among her teammates.
UTEP junior guard Cameasha Turner.
UTEP junior forward Rudiane Eduardo and senior point guard Stacie Telles.
UTEP vs. Rice prior to tipoff.
UTEP vs. Rice.

The Miners lost to Rice 79-62, but on a positive note they are in the C-USA tournament as an eleventh seed and will play UAB in Birmingham, Alabama next Wednesday at 10 a.m.  I wish the team all the luck in the world in the C-USA basketball championships.  It was another remarkable experience for me traveling with the UTEP women's basketball team and calling their games; one that I will cherish forever.  My special thanks to Mark Brunner for his help, Steve Kaplowitz, Mando Medina, Brad Dubow, and coach Keitha Adams for allowing me to take so many pictures during team practices in order to write this story.