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Women’s Basketball: UTEP falls at home to first place Rice, 69-61

It was a tough test for the UTEP Miners Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center.

UTEP facing the Rice Owls, a team that is currently in first place in Conference USA.

 Despite a valiant effort, UTEP fell to league-leading Rice, 69-61.

It is the first C-USA setback at home for the Miners (11-6, 4-2 C-USA), who battled but ultimately saw the Owls (12-6, 7-0 C-USA) post their 26th straight win against Conference USA competition.  

The Miners forced 21 turnovers and won the boards, 42-39, but it wasn’t enough to compensate for finishing at 33.3 percent (23-69) from the floor.

Rice led by 11 (52-41) with 9:15 to play in regulation before UTEP ripped off seven straight points to cut the deficit to four .

The Owls called timeout and managed to counter with a 9-0 push, and UTEP never got any closer.

UTEP will wrap up its three-game homestand against North Texas at 1 p.m.  Saturday. 

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