Women's Basketball Closes Road Trip Saturday
Jan. 8, 2015
Rice Owls (6-7, 1-1 C-USA) at North Texas (1-12, 0-2 C-USA)
Game 14 Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 4 p.m. (CT)
Denton, Texas Super Pit (10,500)
Video: North Texas All-Access ($)
Audio: Listen Live (Free)
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Series Record: Series tied, 2-2
Last Meeting: North Texas won, 66-52 on Feb. 26, 2014
Owls Close Out Road Trip Saturday
Rice (6-7, 1-1) travels to Denton Saturday to take on the North Texas Mean Green (1-12, 0-2) in the final contest of a season-long four-game road trip. The Owls are 1-2 thus far on the trip, which includes a 1-1 start to Conference USA play. North Texas, the Owls travel partner, dropped their first two games in C-USA, which included a 60-58 loss at UTSA. Rice is 2-2 all-time against the Mean Green and lost (66-59) their only visit to North Texas back on 1/2/90.
Last Time Out
Despite a game-high 23 points by Rice sophomore Maya Hawkins, an Owls comeback fell just short in a 54-51 loss at the Don Haskins Center to the UTEP Miners last Sunday afternoon. Rice had a shot to tie the game with two seconds remaining trailing 54-51, but Christal Porter's three-point attempt from the top of the key rimmed out as time expired.
North Texas Scouting Report
The Mean Green recorded their lone win of the season back on Dec. 14, a 65-47 triumph at UMKC. Since then, North Texas has lost six consecutive games. The Mean Green, who are winless at home (0-7), are averaging just 48 points per game on 33% shooting. Senior Briesha Wynn leads the team in scoring (11.5 ppg), rebounding (6.9) and steals (0.6).
Hawkins Dominates the Competition
Sophomore guard Maya Hawkins is coming off a career-best weekend. The Mansfield, Texas native helped guide the Owls to an overtime 62-58 victory at UTSA by recording her first career double-double, with career bests 25 points and 10 rebounds. Hawkins set a career-high with a 10-of-10 performance at the free throw line and hit the go-ahead three-pointer that proved to be the game-winner, followed by a game-sealing steal and made free throws. Hawkins scored 48 of the Owls 113 (42% of offense) points for the weekend, making 15-of-29 shots (51%) from the field, 14-of-15 at the FT line (93%) while averaging 24 points and 7 rebounds per game. These were the first games Hawkins was allowed to play extended minutes since coming off a torn ACL in the spring.