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PHILADELPHIA – With 10 three-pointers for a second-straight game along with 13 offensive rebounds, the Temple women's basketball team defeated Rutgers (4-3) in a nail-biter, 60-58. Shey Peddy
hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to break the tie and seal the win for the Owls (3-4).
Temple out-rebounded the Scarlet Knights 31-26, but it was the offensive boards that really gave the Owls an edge, as they scored 14 second-chance points to Rutgers' four.
led TU with 14 points and was 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Kristen McCarthy
and Qwedia Wallace
finished with 13 points apiece. Wallace also led Temple with six rebounds (all offensive) and tied for game-high honors with Peddy with six assists.
The two teams are traditional rivals who were meeting for the 44th time, but with Rutgers holding a strong 33-10 lead in the series prior to tonight's game. It was the second-straight year Temple defeated the Scarlet Knights, marking the only time that has happened since back-to-back wins in 1985.
The Owls had to overcome impressive shooting by the Scarlet Knights, who shot 57 percent in the first half and 52 percent in the second. Temple shot just 39 percent for the game, but nearly 42 percent from behind the arc where the Owls hit 10-of-24.
Neither team ever led by more than five in the first half, which saw four ties and three lead changes. Rutgers led by a point, 26-25 with 2:36 remaining in the half, but got the last two buckets to take a 30-25 lead into the break.
Rutgers' halftime lead would prove to be its largest of the game, but the second half was just as close as the first.
After taking a two-point lead on a trey by Bennett just over five minutes into the second half, the Owls never again trailed in the contest.
Temple stayed on top but never by a comfortable margin, and the Owls saw a six-point lead quickly erased in the final few minutes. With 2:41 remaining, Temple led 58-52, but less than two minutes later the Scarlet Knights had tied the game for the eighth time.
Peddy got the rebound off a missed shot by Rutgers with 16 seconds remaining and the score knotted at 58-58, and was fouled on a shot attempt with three seconds to go. She hit both free throws, and the Scarlet Knights were unable to get a shot off in the final seconds.
The Owls will head back out on the road this weekend to face Auburn and Ohio. First up is a 2:00 p.m. (EST) game at Auburn on Saturday, Dec. 4.