Owls' Road Trip Continues Sunday at UTEP

Christal Porter and the Owls face UTEP Sunday at 2 p.m. (MT).
Jan. 3, 2015

Rice-UTEP Game Notes

Rice Owls (6-6, 1-0) at UTEP Miners (6-4, 1-0)
Game 13 • Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 • 3 p.m. (CT)
El Paso, Texas • Don Haskins Center (12,000)
Video: MinerTV ($)
Live Stats: View Here
Twitter Updates: @RiceWBasketball | @UTEPWBB
Series Record: Rice leads, 24-15
Last Meeting: UTEP won, 72-57 on Mar. 1, 2014

Road Trip Continues to El Paso

The Owls season-long, four-game road trip continues on Sunday when Rice travels to El Paso to take on the UTEP Miners at 3 p.m. (CT). Rice last played in El Paso last March when they lost to FIU in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament. The Owls lead the all-time series against UTEP, 24-15, but it was the Miners that won the last meeting between the two teams, defeating the Owls 72-57 last season at Rice. Both teams played in their respective conference openers on Friday.

Last Time Out
Rice won their second overtime game of the season, and second straight C-USA opener, with a thrilling 62-58 victory at UTSA. The win was the Owls first on the road in five attempts and Rice improved to 4-0 on Fridays. 



UTEP Scouting Report
Sparkle Taylor (17 points) and Cameasha Turner (13 points) helped the Miners rally past North Texas, 60-58, in the Conference USA opener for both squads at the Don Haskins Center Friday evening.  

Hawkins Delivers Career Game
In just her fifth game back after recovering from an ACL tear in the spring, sophomore guard Maya Hawkins had her thumbprints all over Friday's win by establishing career-highs in points (25), rebounds (10) and assists (4) and recording her first career double-double. Hawkins, whose 25 points was a team-high this season, made 7-of-12 shot attempts and went a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line. Her three-pointer with just a little over a minute left in overtime proved to be the game-winner, the Owls only three-point mark of the game. 

Second-Unit Spark
The Rice bench is averaging 41.6 points per game in the Owls past three contests, including a 37-point effort in the win over UTSA. The Owls are 5-2 on the year when their second unit outscores the opponent's bench.



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