USM is UTEP's opponents in the quarterfinals. They were 0-8 in conference after losing to UTEP, then upset second-place Memphis at Memphis to turn around their season.
"What a ball game. Again as we went through the month of February, it all started right here in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse when we bounced back after several losses in the month of January, and we came back in here and got a huge victory over the University of Memphis. We’ve talked this entire time that we were fine tuning in Fantastic February to be able to March in March. We talked to them about that we were the only team in conference play to have won in this building, and that we were going to make this our house, and we were going to play with tremendous amount of poise and belief that we were going to protect our home court. I think this Lady Eagle team definitely did that today. They were absolutely poised. They played with a lot of confidence. They played with a lot of pride."