UTEP Women’s Basketball Team Plays Postseason Waiting Game after CUSA Tournament
The UTEP women's basketball season is currently in a holding pattern until Monday. That is when the team will find out whether they will receive either an at-large bid into the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament or an invitation into the WNIT. The Miners CUSA Tournament run ended yesterday afternoon after a 66-54 loss to Old Dominion in the semifinals. With the loss, UTEP's record stands at 26-4, yet the team will have to hope that their total body of work is enough to impress the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Selection Committee.
Charlie Creme, the ESPN women's college basketball "Bracketologist", currently has UTEP as "the Next Four Out " of the tournament with his latest projections from this morning. Over the last few weeks, Creme has stressed that the Miners needed to win the CUSA Tournament in order to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. He did not see CUSA receiving multiple bids to the Big Dance, so the Miners will have to hope that he is wrong.
Keitha Adams' team was ranked 25th two weeks ago in the USA Coaches Poll, and they currently have an RPI of 36 after yesterday's loss. There is no way to predict which way the selection committee will go regarding the Miners. If UTEP does receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, they more than likely would be either an 11 or 12 seed. The worst case scenario would be a return to the WNIT, where the Miners advanced all the way to the finals two years ago. The NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Special is Monday evening at 5pm and it will be televised on ESPN.