Women's Basketball to Face St. Bonaventure in Temple Doubleheader on Saturday

Women's Basketball to Face St. Bonaventure in Temple Doubleheader on Saturday

Game Notes vs. St. Bonaventure

- As part of a Temple basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 30, the women's basketball team will face A-10 foe St. Bonaventure at 3:00 p.m. in the Liacouras Center. The #15/15 Temple men's game, against La Salle, will precede the women's at 12:00.

The women's team is coming off its fifth straight win after defeating Saint Louis 63-48 on Jan. 27. The Owls have won four straight A-10 games, earning wins vs. Fordham, Saint Joseph's and Rhode Island after losing their conference opener at #16/14 Xavier.

Temple currently ranks 13th in the nation in scoring defense at 53.9 points per game.

Sophomore Kristen McCarthy and junior Qwedia Wallace lead the Owls with 13.2 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Senior Jasmine Stone leads the team in rebounds at 8.9 per game, good enough for fourth place in the A-10.

St. Bonaventure started the season with 11 straight wins and finished its non-conference schedule with a record of 12-3. The Bonnies have now lost five of their last eight and are 3-3 in A-10 play. They fared better against Xavier than many teams, losing only 62-53 to the nationally-ranked Musketeers. Most recently, St. Bonaventure defeated Fordham at home by a score of 60-36. Three players average double figures in scoring for the Bonnies, led by Dana Mitchell with 16.7 points per game as well as a team-best 5.0 rebounds per game.

Temple is 29-16 all-time against St. Bonaventure and has dominated the series since 2001 with a record of 14-2. But one of those losses was last year during the regular season, a 55-52 defeat on the road. The Owls then got revenge later in the season with a 67-63 win in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament.

LaKeisha Eaddy has scored 995 points heading into Temple's game against St. Bonaventure.

Temple players currently rank first in the conference for A-10 games in scoring, rebounding and assists. Kristen McCarthy is averaging an A-10-best 17.2 ppg for conference games, Jasmine Stone is tops with 10.4 rebounds per game, and BJ Williams leads the league for A-10 games with 5.4 assists per game.

Temple has held 15 of its 20 opponents this season to 55 points or fewer, and currently ranks 13th in NCAA Division I in scoring defense at 53.9 ppg.

Temple's win vs. Penn on Jan. 23 showcased one of its best defensive performances. Penn's 31 points were a season-low by a TU opponent, and rank as the second-lowest for any A-10 opponent this season.

Kristen McCarthy has been TU's most consistent performer on offense all season long. The sophomore, who has started all 20 games, is leading the team at 13.2 ppg and has now scored in double figures in eight straight contests.

Senior Jasmine Stone has tallied six double-doubles this season which ranks as the most on the team and is tied for the third-most this season in the A-10. Most recently, Stone led TU with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds in the Owls' win at Saint Louis on Jan. 27.

Over Temple's first five conference games, sophomore BJ Williams has been a major factor. Williams has started in four of the five after only making one previous start this season, and has averaged 10.8 points per game (7.2 ppg overall). Most notably, her 5.4 assists per game rank first in the A-10 for conference games.

Williams is currently the only player in the A-10 to have two 10+ assist games this season. (1/16 vs. Fordham, 1/23 vs. Penn).

After Temple's three losses to ranked teams, the Owls stopped receiving votes in the national polls. But after going 5-0 since then, Temple is back, getting 6 votes in the AP Poll and 4 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

Temple gets a major break from traveling over the next month, as the Owls will play four games at home and two in Philly, starting with a home game vs. St. Bonaventure this Saturday (Jan. 30) and ending with a home game vs. Duquesne on Feb. 17.
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