Owls Look to Bounce Back Sunday Versus Roadrunners

Freshman Lauren Grigsby and the Owls take on UTSA Sunday afternoon.
Jan. 2, 2016

Game 13 Notes ( vs. UTSA Roadrunners)

Rice Owls (1-11, 0-1) vs. UTSA Roadrunners (4-7, 0-1)
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2015 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse
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Series Record: Rice leads, 10-4

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Owls Host UTSA on Sunday

The Rice Owls women's basketball team continues their five-game home stand on Sunday as the UTSA Roadrunners come to town for a Sunday afternoon contest at 2 p.m. Rice leads the all-time series vs. UTSA, 10-4. The two teams split last year's series with each team winning on the others court. Rice sophomore Shani Rainey established a career-high with 22 points against the Roadrunners in the last meeting back on March 4, 2015.

Last Time Out
Rice junior guard Maya Hawkins poured in a game-high 16 points but it was not enough to prevent the UTEP Miners from defeating the Owls, 60-54, in the Conference USA opener Friday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls managed to limit UTEP to just 35 percent shooting from the floor but the Miners used a 24-17 fourth quarter advantage to pull away from Rice. Hawkins led all players with the 16 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter alone. Rice sophomore guard Wendy Knight also scored in double-figures (11 points) for the second time this season.

UTSA Scouting Report
The Roadrunners enter play on Sunday having lost three consecutive games, including a 68-58 C-USA opening loss at North Texas on Friday. Sophomore Carlie Heineman led all scorers with a career-best 16 points in the loss while junior Tesha Smith collected her fourth double-double of the year. Smith leads the Roadrunners in both scoring (12.6 points) and rebounding (8.7 rpg). UTSA is winless (0-5) on the road

Defense Getting it Done
Despite a 1-4 record in their previous five games, the Owls have managed to play a strong defense that is allowing just 58 points and 39 percent shooting over that span. Over those five games the Owls' defense has limited their opponents to 28 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Hawkins Dialing Long Distance
Rice junior Maya Hawkins ranks seventh in C-USA with her 2.0 three-point makes per game. The Mansfield, Texas native has made at least one three-pointer in all but one game this season.

What's Next
The Owls conclude their five-game home stand on Sunday, Jan. 10 when they host North Texas at 2 p.m., which will be televised on the American Sports Network.





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