Brian Olmo | Sports Director FIU women’s basketball clashes with the UTEP Miners on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas….
Brian Olmo | Sports Director FIU men’s basketball prepares for their last two home games of the season, opening the stretch against the UTEP Miners…
The weekend sweep marks FIU’s fifth straight home loss of the season. After a strong 3-0 strong in Conference USA play, the Panthers are now 4-5 and 18-17 overall for the season.
“Breaking the school record doesn’t feel like anything,” said head coach Katarina Petrovic after the match against the Miners. “I’ve been waiting for this to happen since last year. This is the best team I’ve ever coached and we have the right people around this team to make it as successful as we’ve been this season.”
FIU was efficient on offense, making 53 percent of their shots from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. The Panthers’ defense was also excellent, holding the Miners to 41 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent on three pointers.
The Panthers’ fifth-best C-USA scoring offense (75.3 PPG) will face a UTEP defense that ranks fifth in the conference scoring defense (71.2 points allowed per game) and first in defensive field goal percentage (39.3).