Game Notes vs. Xavier
PHILADELPHIA - The Temple women's basketball team will take its three-game win streak on the road as the Owls head to Xavier for a 7:00 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Temple (10-8, 3-1) is looking to avenge three straight losses to the Musketeers, who are struggling this season and stand at 3-14 overall and are still looking for their first A-10 victory.
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THE OPENING TIP
•Temple is 3-1 in the Atlantic 10, and all three of its wins have seen the teams separated by just a point in the final minute as the Owls have now proved they can hang on in tight games.
•The Owls have one three straight including a narrow, 67-64 home win vs. Duquesne on Jan. 18 and most recently a 72-47 blowout win vs. Penn on Jan. 21.
and Victoria Macaulay
are coming off career performances in the Penn win...Connelly scored her Temple career high with 16 points while Macaulay scored a career-high 20 points.
•Temple won 61-57 at Dayton on Jan. 15...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 a game-high 22 points vs. Duquesne, and currently ranks second among all players in the A-10 with 15.9 points per game...She also ranks second in steals with 53 (2.9 per game).
•Macaulay has averaged 11.0 rebounds in Temple's four A-10 games including a career-high 13 boards in the win at Richmond on Jan. 7...She ranks second in the A-10 so far for conference games only.
•Four of the Owls' losses have been to teams ranked in the Top 25.
•Senior BJ Williams
has led the team in assists in 12 games this season, and is currently second among all players in the A-10 with 81 assists (4.8 per game).
was one of 30 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.
•Peddy was named to the 2011-12 Naismith Women's College Player of the Year preseason watch list...She was one of 50 Division I student-athletes named to the list.
•Two-time defending A-10 champ Xavier is experiencing a downturn this season after returning just one starter...The Musketeers are still winless in the A-10 and just 3-14 overall...Tyeasha Moss leads the team with 12.2 ppg and 55 assists while Jessica Pachko is the team's leading rebounder at 8.8 rpg.
Xavier holds a 13-9 lead all-time against Temple, and the two teams have had a strong rivalry the past few years. Both squads were undefeated in the A-10 when they met in last year's final regular season game, but it was Xavier that got the 73-66 win in Philadelphia. In 2010 the Musketeers ran away from Temple in an 82-69 win during the regular season, but a rematch came in the A-10 Tournament final. The Owls erased an early 14-point deficit to eventually force overtime before losing, 57-55. The Musketeers were ranked 13th when the Owls last defeated them, at home on Feb. 25, 2009, 74-65.
POSTS STEP UP
Temple has relied heavily on guard play for most of the season and finally got the kind of game it was looking for from its post players in a 72-47 win vs. Penn on Jan. 21. Victoria Macaulay
scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting along with grabbing a game-high eight rebounds, while Joelle Connelly
scored her Temple career-high with 16 points including 8-of-8 at the line.
80 FOR CARDOZA
Temple's blowout win vs. Penn on Jan. 21 was the 80th career victory for fourth-year head coach Tonya Cardoza
, who now stands at 80-36 overall for a winning percentage of .690.
has been crashing the glass in a big way over Temple's last few games, so much so that she ranks second among all players in the A-10 for conference games with 11.0 rebounds per game. She has recorded double-digit rebounds in four of the Owls' last six 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. They were within two points in the final minute of three of those losses (#24/25 Ohio St., N. Illinois and St. John's).
BJ DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
Senior BJ Williams
has led the Owls in assists in 12 of 18 games so far this season, and has already racked up 81 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 second in the A-10 this season with 53 steals (2.9 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.
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 1,433 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 (140 ahead of McCarthy).
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, 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.
Temple is 64th in the RPI of 342 teams. The A-10's top team is Richmond, ranked 36th.
NOW THE TEAM TO BEAT
After four years of finishing higher than predicted in the A-10, the Owls are finally picked first in a tie with Dayton. Last year Temple was picked third and ended up second, and two years ago was picked fifth and went on to tie for second.