Natasha Lacy scored a game-high 25 and Jareica Hughes added 21 to help UTEP (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) cruise to its first-ever conference title game with a 86-69 win over Southern Miss in Conference USA tournament semifinals Saturday night.
Texas-El Paso (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) held Southern Miss scoreless for the final 3:36 of regulation and won 73-72 in overtime Friday night. The Miners are guaranteed a share of the Conference USA title.