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UTEP on track to sell out WNIT Final Four game

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, more than 8,000 tickets have been sold for the Lady Miner's WNIT Final Four matchup against South Dakota State Wednesday night.

UTEP athletics director Bob Stull told KFOX14 they are selling an average of 1,000 tickets per hour, and that they are on track to sell more then 12,000 tickets, which would be a sellout.

The game will be at 7 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center.

Monday night's Elite Eight game against Washington drew more than 10,000 fans, shattering the previous postseason attendance record by more than 2,000, and players took notice.

"I knew we had some fans out there, it was just the right time for them to come out and I'm expecting it to be full tomorrow," said Kayla Thorton, who made the AP All-America team as an honorable mention.

"Man, it's a great crowd, it's great to play in that type of atmosphere, it's just so loud in here, sometimes running down the court I can't even hear myself," said senior Kelli Willingham.

Coach Keitha Adams said the Sixth Man can make all the difference in the world.

"That noise, first of all I think it puts extra gas in our players' tanks, and their intensity level, as that roof rises, our level of intensity goes up with it, so I think that's a big factor, and it disrupts the other team's communication," Adams said. "We're going to need 12,222 fans tomorrow, which, I'm making a prediction, we're going to get it, we're going to get it tomorrow night."

Stull told KFOX14 tickets for Wednesday's game weren't sold immediately after Monday's win over Colorado because ticket prices had to be set. He said if the Miners win Wednesday, tickets for the WNIT championship will be sold after the game.

As for why there was no halftime show Monday night, Stull said the school is limited because it's not their tournament.

"None of the tournaments really had halftime shows, even the Conference USA, other than the little dribblers, because it's not our event, it's a tournament event, we can't get sponsorships like we normally would for halftime shows," he said.