After defeating Indiana Sunday and punching their ticket to the WNIT Final Four, the Jackrabbit women packed their bags not knowing who or where they would be playing next. Last night U-TEP knocked off Washington setting up a date with the Jacks in El Paso, TX.
The SDSU women got on a bus this morning and headed to Omaha, NE where they boarded a plane for Dallas, TX, only to get on another bus that would take them to El Paso. All the hustle and bustle is worth playing in April.
"I told the team today, as we we're getting ready to practice, it's a great opportunity to be playing basketball together in the month of April and to see how far we can keep going," SDSU Women's Head Coach Aaron Johnston said."
"We are just excited to be one of the teams still playing and we are playing well. We are excited about the support we are getting and now we're ready to go to Texas," SDSU Senior Guard Steph Paluch said. "
The Jacks better also be ready for a challenge. The Miners packed in over 10,000 fans on Wednesday night and are 20-2 at home. They average 77 points per game and have three players that score in double figures.
"We haven't had a ton of time to get ready for them. Our coaches have been watching UTEP for a few days now, so we have a good idea of what they like to do. Our team got together and watched the game last night to get an idea of what the atmosphere is like down there," Johnston said.
"UTEP will draw a good crowd, we're excited for it and are hopefully going to quiet them," SDSU Senior Hannah Strop said.
If they can do that the Rabbits will have a good shot at hosting the championship game.
"First we want to play well in Texas and if we do that, then maybe, we can get a chance to come back. That would be great for our fans, players and their families. It extends the season, it extends the story of our three seniors that have had great careers here and have been very important people in building our program. It would be nice to give them a chance to play one more home game," Johnston said.
The Jackrabbits and Miners will tip off at 8 o'clock central time. The winner will meet either South Florida or Rutgers on Saturday at 2:30 in the finals. That game will be aired the CBS Sports Network.