Game Notes vs. Duquesne
- Looking to ride the momentum of a big win at Dayton on national television this past weekend, the Temple women's basketball team returns home to face Duquesne at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 as part of a Temple doubleheader. The men's basketball team will play A-10 and Big 5 rival La Salle at 7:00 p.m., with both games taking place in the Liacouras Center.
The Owls (8-8, 2-1) have an impressive 13-1 record vs. Duquesne over the last 11 years, but the Dukes come in with a record of 13-4. They are 1-1 in the A-10 and coming off a 68-49 win vs. defending champ Xavier.
THE OPENING TIP
•Temple is coming off a nail-biter of a win, 61-57 at Dayton this past Sunday...The Owls led by 10 at halftime before the Flyers came back to take a one-point lead with under six minutes remaining.
scored a game-high 21 points at Dayton and currently ranks second among all players in the A-10 with 15.6 points per game...She also ranks third in steals with 44 (2.8 per game).
•Temple is 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 after suffering only its second regular-season A-10 loss since the 2009-10 season when it was defeated 74-65 by St. Bonaventure at home on Jan. 11.
•In the A-10 season opener at Richmond on Jan. 7, Kristen McCarthy
hit the game-winning jumper on an assist from Peddy with 0.2 seconds on the clock, lifting the Owls to a 56-55 win...Temple had trailed by as many as 14 points in the game.
has averaged 11.0 rebounds in Temple's three A-10 games including a career-high 13 boards in the win at Richmond on Jan. 7...She leads the A-10 so far for conference games only.
•The Owls have mounted double-digit comebacks in five game this season but were successful at the end only once (down 14 at Richmond, won by a point)...Temple's largest comeback saw the Owls cut a 20-point deficit against #5/4 Texas A&M all the way down to four points.
•Senior BJ Williams
has led the team in assists in 10 games this season, and is currently second among all players in the A-10 with 72 assists (4.8 per game).
•Duquesne is 13-4 overall and 1-1 in the A-10 after a loss to St. Bonaventure followed by a big win against Xavier (68-49)...The Dukes had an eight-game win streak during the non-conference season...Three players average double figures in scoring for Duquesne, led by sophomore forward Wumi Agunbiade at 14.8 ppg and senior guard Alex Gensler with 14.2 ppg.
Temple is 30-11 all-time against Duquesne with a 13-1 record over the last 11 years. Duquesne's lone win was a 68-57 decision in Pittsburgh in 2009. Last season the Owls won on the road by a score of 61-52. In 2009-10, Temple earned a 52-41 win at home and also defeated the Dukes 63-54 in the A-10 quarterfinals.
has been crashing the glass in a big way over Temple's last few games, so much so that she leads all players in the A-10 for conference games with 11.0 rebounds per game. She has recorded double-digit rebounds in three of the Owls' last four games including a career-high 13 boards in a win at Richmond on Jan. 7.
BIGGEST COMEBACK WIN IN TWO YEARS
Temple's recent 56-55 win in the A-10 opener at Richmond saw the Owls overcome a 14-point deficit en route to the victory. Temple has had plenty of near-comebacks this season and last, but none that resulted in a win since a season-opening victory in 2009-10 when Temple came back from 18 down to defeat Illinois in overtime.
McCARTHY NAMED A-10 AND BIG 5 POW
averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds over Temple's wins at Western Michigan and Richmond, and earned A-10 co-Player of the Week as well as Big 5 Player of the Week honors for her efforts. The week was capped off by hitting the game-winning jumper with 0.2 seconds remaining in TU's 56-55 win at Richmond.
RIGHT IN IT
Five of the Owls' losses so far came as part of a six-game road swing, and they lost the first four by an average of only seven points. Temple was within two points in the final minute of three of those losses (#24/25 Ohio St., Northern Illinois and St. John's).
BJ DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
Senior BJ Williams
has led the Owls in assists in 10 of 16 games so far this season, and has already racked up 72 total assists (4.8 per game) to rank second among all players in the Atlantic 10.
continues to find ways to grab the ball from Temple's opponents, as she leads the team and ranks third in the A-10 this season with 44 steals (2.8 per game).
Peddy set the program's all-time record for steals in a single season last year with 104, recording at least one steal in all but one game. Her 3.2 spg a year ago ranked second in the A-10 and tied for 10th in NCAA Division I.
SHATTERING THE GLASS
In Temple's wins vs. Auburn and Kent State, the Owls averaged 15 more rebounds per game than their opponents (44.5 to 29.5). Temple's 52 rebounds vs. Kent State were the most in nearly three years, since the Owls pulled down 52 boards in an OT win at Tulane on Dec. 28, 2008.
Having allowed its opponents just 34.1 rpg this season, Temple ranks third among all teams in the A-10 in rebounding defense.
McCARTHY MOVES INTO FIFTH ALL-TIME
With a game-high 14 points against Villanova on Dec. 22, Kristen McCarthy
moved into fifth place all-time at Temple in career scoring, now with 1,412 points.
McCarthy started the season in 11th place, but advancing further will take some time as Kamesha Hairston ('07) stands in fourth place with 1,573 points (161 ahead of McCarthy).
THREE TOP TEAMS; THREE NEAR COMEBACKS
Temple has proved its toughness with some big comebacks in recent seasons, and showed it once again on Nov. 18 at #24/25 Ohio State, on Nov. 25 vs. #5/4 Texas A&M and yet again on Dec. 30 vs. #8/7 Duke.
TU was down 16 with 10 mins left at Ohio St. before cutting that deficit to two in the final minute, a 26-15 run that included nine points from Kristen McCarthy
and eight from Shey Peddy
. Against Texas A&M the Owls were down 20 with 16 mins left but used a 22-6 run to pull within 4. TU trailed Duke by 19 late in the first half, but cut the margin all the way to five in the final minute of the game.
McCARTHY IS HEAD OF THE CLASS
On Nov. 4, it was announced that Kristen McCarthy
was one of 30 candidates selected for the Lowe's 2011-12 Women's Basketball Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes notable achievements in four areas- classroom, character, community and competition. The 10 finalists will be announced in late January, at which time a national ballot will be available to fans. To learn more, visit the website at www.seniorclassaward.com
PEDDY NAMED TO NAISMITH WATCH LIST
has been named to the 2011-12 Naismith Trophy Women's early-season watch list, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The list includes the 50 top women's college players from 35 schools around the country, and was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012 season.