Hawkins Guides Owls to Overtime Win at UTSA
Jan. 2, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Rice sophomore guard Maya Hawkins scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double, helping lead the Owls women's basketball team to a 62-58 overtime victory in the C-USA opener Friday evening at UTSA.
"I'm very happy for the team, we knew it was going to be a grind-out game and possibly come down to the final possession," Rice head coach Greg Williams said. "We had some key defensive stops late, our bench played well again and Maya Hawkins had a tremendous game. This was the first game we had total clearance to play her more than 20 minutes and she played 37 tonight. Adaeze was very big for as well on the defensive end. All in all, this was a very nice team win."
Rice (6-6, 1-0) won their first road game of the season (1-4) and second consecutive C-USA opener on the road.
Hawkins, from Mansfield, Texas, scored five of her 25 points in the extra session, which included a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:15 remaining in overtime that gave Rice a 60-58 lead and proved to be the game-winner. The 5'6" Lake Ridge High School graduate would later seal the victory with a steal and two made free throws to extend the Owls lead to 62-58 with seven seconds remaining. At night's end Hawkins shot 7-of-12 from the field, 10-of-10 at the free throw line, and chipped in four assists (one turnover) and two steals in a season-high 37 minutes off the bench.
UTSA took a 48-44 lead in the second half but Hawkins tied the game with back-to-back jumpers. After King made a pair of free throws with 3:18 remaining to regive UTSA a 50-48 edge, Hawkins knotted the game up at 50-50 with a made layup. The two teams proceeded to go scoreless the rest of regulation.
In overtime, before Hawkins delivered the dramatics, Rice's Nakachi Maduka kept the Owls afloat with six consecutive points. Rice sophomore Adaeze Obinnah also gave the Owls a boost with six points and nine rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench.
The Owls won their second overtime game of the season despite shooting just 34 percent for the game by making 21-of-28 (75 percent) free throw attempts. Rice also had another brilliant bench performance, outscoring UTSA's second-unit (37-15).
UTSA (5-8, 0-1) was led in scoring by Kamra King, who scored 19 points.
In the first half the Owls erased a 22-13 deficit by outscoring the Roadrunners 16-4 over the final 10:35. Hawkins gave Rice a big boost on the offensive end, scoring team-best 12 points off the bench thanks in large part to a perfect 8-of-8 performance at the free throw line. The Owls made their late first half push with their bench outscoring UTSA's, 19-2.
Rice shot just 28 percent from the floor in the opening half but made up for it by making 13-of-15 (87 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Owls resume their four-game road trip this Sunday when they travel to El Paso to take on the Miners at 3 p.m. (CT).