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BRONX, N.Y. – Opening the game on a 15-0 run and holding its opponent to the fewest points since 1984, the Temple women's basketball team dominated in a 71-28 win at Fordham (9-10, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym. The Owls (11-6, 3-0) won their fourth straight game and remain undefeated in the Atlantic 10.
Temple's 1984-85 team defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore by a score of 71-23, but the Owls had only once held any team to under 30 points since then (65-29 vs. Dartmouth in 2008).
and Shey Peddy
scored 13 points apiece to lead Temple, while Qwedia Wallace
and Natasha Thames
both scored 11. Thames added a team-high six rebounds, and Peddy dished a game-high six assists. Fordham's leader was Tiffany Stokes with a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards.
McCarthy, a junior, stands just four points away from 1,000, having now scored 996 career points.
Temple scored close to half its total points on Fordham's 24 turnovers, and the Owls recorded 12 steals for the second straight game.
McCarthy and Victoria Macaulay
combined for 11 points as the Owls opened with a 15-0 run, and the Rams were never able to cut the margin to single digits.
Fordham was scoreless for the nearly the first 10 minutes of the game before a jumper from Becky Peters at 10:29. With a 12-point, 21-9 advantage at 5:19 of the first half, Temple out-scored the Rams 18-2 to close out the half and lead 39-11 going into the break.
The Owls took advantage of Fordham's struggles to hold onto the ball, tallying nine steals and scoring 25 points off the Rams' 16 first-half turnovers.
Peddy hit 5-of-6 from the field including two treys to lead all players with 13 points at halftime. Temple shot 50 percent in the half to the Rams' 25 percent, and hit five three-pointers while Fordham went 0-for-3.
After holding Fordham to five field goals in the first half, Temple matched that in the second half but sent the Rams to the line more often as the Owls got into foul trouble. The game was never in doubt though, as Temple led by no fewer than 30 in the final 10 minutes, and not by fewer than 40 for the final three and a half minutes.
Temple will return to action in a doubleheader with the men's basketball team next Wednesday, Jan. 19. Both teams are playing city rivals as the women take on Saint Joseph's at 5:00 p.m. and the men face Penn at 7:30 p.m.