Women's Basketball to Play Saint Joseph's in Temple Doubleheader on Saturday
Kristie Watkins-Day

Women's Basketball to Play Saint Joseph's in Temple Doubleheader on Saturday

Game Notes vs. Saint Joseph's

- Temple women's basketball will play its second home game of the week against Saint Joseph's as part of a Liacouras Center doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 16. The game is set for 4:30 p.m., following the men's basketball game against UMass. Fans can watch a live webcast of both games on OwlAccess.

Temple snapped a three-game losing streak (all to nationally-ranked teams) this past Wednesday night in blowout fashion, defeating visiting Fordham 67-34. After starting the season 9-1, Temple (11-5, 1-1) has struggled against some tough opponents recently and lost four of its last six contests. Three of those losses were to top-15 teams Duke, Florida State and Xavier. The first two were games in which Temple held a lead at some point in the second half.

The Owls are 1-1 in the Atlantic 10 after a loss at Xavier this past Sunday followed by the win over Fordham. Temple had upset Xavier at home last season, but failed to pull off a second-straight upset, losing 82-69 despite sinking a school-record 13 three-pointers.

Temple's 33-point win vs. Fordham was its largest margin of victory this season. The Owls drained 11 three-pointers and held the Rams scoreless for over 13 minutes in the second half.

Junior Qwedia Wallace and sophomore Kristen McCarthy lead the Owls with 13.3 and 12.8 points per game, respectively. Senior Jasmine Stone leads the team in rebounds at 8.4 per game, good enough for fifth place in the A-10. Temple has been without the services of starting point guard, senior LaKeisha Eaddy (8.4 ppg, 3.9 apg) for the last two games after Eaddy suffered a concussion and broken nose in practice on Jan. 8.

Only eight players have dressed for the past two contests. Sophomore BJ Williams (6.9 ppg, 2.6 apg) has stepped in at point guard for Eaddy. Also in the starting lineup is junior Marli Bennett (4.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Freshman Victoria Macaulay (3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg) has gotten the starting nod instead of Stone in Temple's last two games.

Saint Joseph's is 8-8 overall and 1-0 in the A-10 after a 62-57 win against Fordham on Jan. 9. The Hawks are 1-1 in Big 5 play, losing to 2009-10 champ Villanova but defeating Penn 57-40 on Jan. 12. Temple and Saint Joseph's tied for the title last year with 3-1 records, but Villanova has already clinched this year's title.

Saint Joseph's was 3-6 to start this season, but has since won five of its last six and most by a large margin. Leading the Hawks is senior Brittany Ford with 10.8 points per game and senior Ashley Logue with 5.8 rebounds per game.

Temple and Saint Joseph's are meeting for the 67th time, since the city rivals began playing each other in 1938. Although Saint Joseph's leads the all-time series 39-28, the Owls have won 13 of the last 14 including the last seven straight. In two meetings last season, Temple won 58-53 on the road and 60-48 at home.

Temple held Fordham to 34 points in its win against the Rams on Jan. 13, which ranks as the second-lowest point total for any opponent of an A-10 school this season.

Fordham was held scoreless for nearly a 14-minute stretch of the second half as Temple increased a 10-point lead to a 38-point lead.

Sophomore Kristen McCarthy had three of the best performances of her career in Temple's three consecutive games against top-15 teams. She averaged 21 points and 6.3 rebounds over the 0-3 stretch for Temple, shooting 48 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from three-point range.

McCarthy scored 16 points vs. Duke, recorded a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds at Florida State, and put up a career-high 28 points at Xavier.

Temple drained 13 three-pointers in its loss to Xavier on Jan. 10, setting the school record for treys in a game. The previous record of 12 had been achieved three times, most recently last year at Central Michigan.

The 13 three's also rank as the most in a single game for any A-10 team this season.

The Owls are on a tear from behind the arc, following up a school-record 13 three-pointers at Xavier with 11 three-pointers vs. Fordham. Temple went a combined 24-for-42 (57.1 percent) in the two games, lifting its season average to 32.5 percent.

They didn't win either game, but the Owls showed they can compete with some of the best in their games vs. Duke and Florida State. Against #8/9 Duke, Temple lost by only eight points, and held a lead as late as the eight-minute mark of the second half.

At #12/11 Florida State, the Owls led halfway through the second half after erasing a 13-point first-half deficit, but could not complete the comeback and lost, 77-64.

Temple's 9-1 start matched the best in the last 28 years, since the 1981-82 team started at 9-0.

Villanova has already won this year's Big 5 title with a 4-0 record, leaving others to battle for second place. It will be the first time in five years that Temple does not win at least a share of the title.

Sophomore BJ Williams was charged with filling in for an injured Qwedia Wallace on Dec. 12 at Kent State, and responded by lighting it up from the floor en route to scoring a career-high 23 points in the win. Williams was 10-of-18 including two three-pointers.

Williams stepped up once again in TU's big win over Fordham on Jan. 13, starting at point guard for the injured LaKeisha Eaddy. Williams recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists, and went 3-for-5 from long range.
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