A two-game road trip to Houston for the women's basketball team is back on the Conference USA schedule after a one-year hiatus.
A season after having to make separate trips to Houston and Rice, the defending league champion Miners are slated to play at Rice on Jan. 24 and at Houston three days later.
"That's great," coach Keitha Adams said Tuesday after the league released its schedule. "That takes out a round-trip flight, then having to do back and do it again. That makes a lot of sense."
UTEP opens its 16-game C-USA slate on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Tulsa, closes it Friday, March 8 at home against Tulane, and in between are eight Sunday games and six Thursday games. There are no road trips or homestands longer than two games.
"Hopefully our fans can get in a rhythm: We play Thursday, we play Sunday, we play Thursday, we play Sunday," Adams said. "Our schedule has good balance. Anytime you get into a long stretch at home, there is going to be a long stretch on the road. We don't have to do that."
No tip times have been determined.
2012-13 UTEP Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Date Day Opponent Location Time
Nov. 3 Saturday St. Mary's (Exh) Haskins Center TBD
Nov. 10 Saturday Loyola Marymount Haskins Center TBD
Nov. 16 Friday Houston Baptist Haskins Center TBD
Nov. 18 Sunday Arizona State Haskins Center TBD
Nov. 21-25 Junkanoo Jam (Arizona/Texas Southern) Grand Bahama Island TBD
Nov. 28 Wednesday at New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. TBD
Dec. 1 Saturday Texas State Haskins Center TBD
Dec. 5 Wednesday New Mexico State Haskins Center TBD
Dec. 8 Saturday Eastern New Mexico Haskins Center TBD
Dec. 16 Sunday at Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. TBD
Dec. 20 Thursday New Mexico Haskins Center TBD
Dec. 28 Friday Sam Houston State Haskins Center TBD
Dec. 30 Sunday UTPA Haskins Center TBD
Jan. 9 Wednesday at Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. TBD
Jan. 13 Sunday East Carolina* Haskins Center TBD
Jan. 20 Sunday UAB* Haskins Center TBD
Jan. 24 Thursday at Rice* Houston, Texas TBD
Jan. 27 Sunday at Houston* Houston, Texas TBD
Jan. 31 Thursday Tulsa* Haskins Center TBD
Feb 3 Sunday SMU* Haskins Center TBD
Feb. 7 Thursday at Tulane* New Orleans, La. TBD
Feb 10 Sunday Southern Miss* Haskins Center TBD
Feb. 14 Thursday at Marshall* Huntington, W. Va. TBD
Feb. 17 Sunday at UCF* Orlando, Fla. TBD
Feb 21 Thursday Houston* Haskins Center TBD
Feb. 24 Sunday at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. TBD
Feb 28 Thursday Rice* Haskins Center TBD
March 3 Sunday at SMU* Dallas, Texas TBD
March 8 Friday Tulane* Haskins Center TBD
March 13-16 Wed.-Sat 2013 C-USA Championships Tulsa, Okla. TBD