A-10 Tournament Awaits - Women's Basketball to Play Quarterfinal Game on Saturday, March 5

A-10 Tournament Awaits - Women's Basketball to Play Quarterfinal Game on Saturday, March 5

2011 A-10 Postseason Media Guide/Game Notes

LOWELL, Mass. - The quest for the program's fifth-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship begins on Saturday, March 5 for the Temple women's basketball team, who will play in the quarterfinals against either St. Bonaventure or Fordham at 5:00 p.m. The entire tournament is being held at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., a neutral site.

The quarterfinals will be webcast for free on www.atlantic10.com. The semifinal games will air live on CBS College Sports, and the tournament championship will air live on ESPN2.

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Check out the postseason media guide by clicking on the cover picture or the above link. The cover features Temple's postseason award-winners as announced earlier this week by the A-10. Tonya Cardoza was named Coach of the Year, while Shey Peddy earned First Team and All-Defensive Team honors. Kristen McCarthy was selected to the Second Team, and Qwedia Wallace was named to the Third Team.

The Owls won three straight A-10 Championships from 2004-06 but have not won since. They had won 15 games in a row before having that streak snapped last weekend by #6 Xavier.

Temple played both of its possible quarterfinal opponents on the road this season. At Fordham on Jan. 15, Temple won 71-28, holding the Rams to the lowest total for an opponent since 1984. The Owls beat St. Bonaventure 54-38 in Olean on Feb. 9.

Temple is 30-17 all-time against St. Bonaventure and has dominated the series since 2001 with a record of 15-3. Over the last two seasons, the Bonnies have had the Owls' number and taken two of four meetings, but Temple won at St. Bonaventure in early February, 54-38.

Temple has a 22-4 advantage in the all-time series against Fordham, and has won the last 17 straight including a 71-28 decision on Jan. 15.

It has been five years since the Owls captured an Atlantic 10 Tournament title (2005-06). All-time, Temple has won four titles (2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06). Last year the Owls barely missed out, losing 57-55 in overtime to Xavier in the A-10 final.

With 155 three-pointers, Qwedia Wallace has now set the all-time career record at Temple. Recent Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee Stacey Smalls held the record previously with 154.

The 2010-11 Big 5 title is Temple's alone as the Owls edged Saint Joseph's 52-49 on Feb. 23, completing a perfect 4-0 sweep of the city series this season. Last year was the first time in six seasons that Temple had NOT won or shared the title, and the year before the Owls shared the honor with Saint Joseph's.

The Big 5 title is Temple's ninth overall and eighth outright since the Big 5 tradition was established for women's basketball in 1979-80.

Temple is 12-93 all-time against ranked opponents, but has won seven in the last six years. The Owls are 7-23 since the 2004-05 season. Their most recent win vs. a ranked opponent was Feb. 25, 2009 against #13 Xavier.

For the fifth week in a row in the AP Poll and first in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Temple is receiving votes. The Owls are seventh among the unranked teams in the AP Poll with 17 votes, and are receiving four votes in the coaches poll.

In the conference-only stats, Temple dominated the defensive categories. The Owls finished first in scoring defense (48.4 ppg), field goal pct. defense (.335), 3-pt pct. defense (.265), blocks (5.6 pg), steals (10.9 pg) and turnover margin (+7.3). Temple was second in scoring margin (+21.4 ppg). Shey Peddy finished #1 in steals (3.6 spg) and Victoria Macaulay took third in blocks for league games (1.8 bpg).

The Owls rank 7th in the nation for fewest turnovers at 13.7 per game. After just once recording fewer than 10 turnovers in 2009-10, Temple has done so seven times already this year, with season-lows of seven vs. #7 Ohio State and recently at GW. In a somewhat unusual statistical feat, Temple has forced its opponents into double-digit turnovers in 110 consecutive games.

Temple's loss to Xavier marked the first time all year the Owls lost when their starters outscored the opponents' starters. TU also out-rebounded the Musketeers, a rare achievement vs. Xavier.

Surprisingly for a team that had never been a real three-point threat, this year's squad has proven very capable behind the arc and is averaging 6.7 threes per game (3rd in the A-10). The Owls sank 14 vs. Richmond, 12 vs. #7 Ohio State and made 10 five other times (at #13 UCLA, vs. Rutgers, at Ohio, vs. Akron and at GW).

Temple's 89-36 win at George Washington on Feb. 16 was impressive from beginning to end. After going down 0-2 the Owls scored 28 unanswered points, eventually winning by 53 to record the second-largest margin of victory in the history of the program.

The Owls achieved a rare feat with six players scoring in double figures. They scored a season-high 52 points in the first half, tied their season high with 26 assists and tied their season low with seven turnovers all while winning their 13th straight game and 20th overall.

Shey Peddy, who has recorded at least one steal in 28 of Temple's 29 games, ranks second in the A-10 with 3.1 steals per game (3.6 in conference games). Peddy recorded an impressive eight steals in the Owls' win at UMass, marking her career high. Peddy also ranks 15th in NCAA Division I with her 3.1 spg. At 89 steals for the season, she already stands in a tie for third on the all-time single-season steals list at Temple.

An impressive three Owls (Temple's three leading scorers) reached the 1,000-point milestone this season. Junior Shey Peddy was first, hitting the mark on Dec. 21. Her current 1,256 points include two years playing at DI Wright State.

Junior Kristen McCarthy was next, reaching the milestone in a win vs. Saint Joseph's on Jan. 19, and has now scored 1,144 points to rank 13th all-time at Temple.

Senior Qwedia Wallace led the Owls with 21 points in a win at UMass on Jan. 26 to hit exactly 1,000 for her career. She was the 19th player in the history of the program to achieve the feat, and now ranks 15th with 1,129 points.

After three years of finishing higher than predicted in the A-10, the Owls were picked to finish third this year and once again bettered that standing. Temple was picked fifth in 2009-10 and went on to tie for second.

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