Game Notes vs. Rhode Island
PHILADELPHIA - The regular season is quickly coming to a close, and Temple women's basketball is about to play its last game outside of Philadelphia until after the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Owls will travel to Rhode Island this weekend to face the Rams at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, and are looking to notch their 11th straight win. Live stats for the game are available HERE
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Temple stands at 17-8 overall and is second in the A-10 at 10-1. Rhode Island has an overall record of 1-25 and has yet to win a conference game, going 0-11 so far.
THE OPENING TIP
•Temple is 10-1 in the Atlantic 10 and riding a 10-game win streak, having lost just one game since the start of 2012...Most recently the Owls got a 75-54 home win vs. George Washington and a 77-50 home win vs. UMass.
•The Owls stand alone in second place in the A-10 with their lone loss coming to now-#22/25 St. Bonaventure, still only Temple's second regular-season A-10 loss since the 2009-10 season.
•Having allowed their opponents 55 or fewer points in 12 games this season including eight A-10 games, the Owls lead all teams in the A-10 in scoring defense for conference games at 56.2 points per game.
•Five Owls have scored in double figures in each of the last two games, which had not previously occurrred in even a single game since February of last season.
•The team recently raised $1,500 for its Play 4Kay Day game on Feb. 11, an initiative created by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer while also honoring legendary NC State coach Kay Yow, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009.
had a season-best performance at Saint Louis with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field including 3-of-6 behind the arc...Victoria Macaulay
recorded a double-double in the win with 10 points and a career-tying 13 rebounds.
has led the team in assists in 18 games this season and is currently leading all players in the A-10 with 119 assists (5.0 per game).
is averaging 10.5 ppg in A-10 games along with 9.0 rpg (second in the A-10 for league games)...Her 24 blocks in A-10 play rank first among all players at 2.2 blocks per game.
currently ranks second among all players in the A-10 with 16.4 points per game, and also ranks second in steals with 73 (2.9 per game).
•Freshman Rateska Brown
came off the bench for a career-high 12 points at Saint Louis and recently scored 10 points off the bench in just 16 minutes of action vs. George Washington.
•Temple suffered 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.
•Rhode Island has earned just one win this season, back in game three against Providence...The Rams came close at La Salle, losing just 49-45...Ashley Rivera leads the team with 11.3 ppg.
Temple holds a 34-16 advantage in the all-time series against Rhode Island. The Owls have won the last eight straight contests as well as 19 of the last 22. Last year at home, Temple defeated Rhode Island 81-34, and two years ago the Owls beat the Rams 67-52 in Kingston. The Rams last defeated the Owls in 2004 by a score of 60-59 in Kingston.
LAST TIME VS. RHODE ISLAND
Putting the game out of reach early in the second half, Temple cruised to an 81-34 win against visiting Rhode Island. It marked the second time in three games the Owls scored 81 points, a season-high. Satoria Bell
scored 17 points off the bench to lead Temple. Kristen McCarthy
scored 16 points and Shey Peddy
added 14 points along with four assists and four steals. Victoria Macaulay
led all players with eight rebounds and a game-high four blocks, also tying her career high.
ESPN's Charlie Creme released his latest Bracketology on Feb. 13, in which he has Temple as a 10 seed playing seventh-seeded South Carolina in College Park, Md.
Graham Hays, a women's basketball writer for ESPN, released his newest Mid-Major Top 10 poll on Feb. 13 which ranks Temple in the #10 spot. Says Hays, “Temple returns on the strength of nine consecutive wins in the A-10, keeping the Owls at least nominally in the race for the top seed in the A-10 tournament despite St. Bonaventure's torrid pace. Other than a loss at Northern Illinois, there aren't any head-scratchers on the Temple résumé, with only Villanova an NCAA tournament question mark among the seven other teams to beat Tonya Cardoza
Conference play has been a boon to all involved, but Victoria Macaulay
more than most. The 6-foot-4 junior is averaging 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in Atlantic 10 games.
Temple trailed George Washington 32-30 at halftime on Feb. 15 before putting on an impressive display in the second half. The Owls scored 45 points on 64.3 percent shooting, at one point exploeded for an 18-0 run, and held the Colonials without a field goal for a 10-minute stretch.
For the first time since 1989, three Owls scored 20 or more points in Temple's 80-70 win at Saint Joseph's on Feb. 1. Shey Peddy
led TU with 26, Victoria Macaulay
scored a career-high 21, and Kristen McCarthy
added a double-double of 20 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Macaulay's 20th and 21st points were in the final minute as she hit 2-of-2 at the line with 27 seconds remaining.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE
In each of the last two games, the Owls have had five players score in double figures after previously not having that occur in even a single game since last season. In Temple's 77-50 win vs. UMass on Feb. 11. Victoria Macaulay
led the team with 18, BJ Williams
had 13, Kristen McCarthy
and Shey Peddy
scored 12, and Brittany Lewis
scored 11 and notched her first career double-double with a game and career-high 11 rebounds.
McCarthy led all players with 21 points in the win against GW on Feb. 15, while Peddy added 15, Lewis had 14, Rateska Brown
scored 10 and Macaulay notched her third career double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
BJ DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
Senior BJ Williams
has led the Owls in assists in 18 games and has racked up 119 total assists (5.0 per game) to lead all players in the Atlantic 10.
Three of the Owls' early A-10 wins (Richmond, Dayton, Duquesne) all saw the teams separated by just a point in the final minute, but Temple hung on to win all three and prove it has what it takes to hang on in tight games.
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 73 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 STANDS IN FIFTH ALL-TIME
With a game-high 14 points vs. Villanova on Dec. 22, Kristen McCarthy
moved into fifth all-time at Temple in career scoring, now with 1,536 points.
McCarthy started the season in 11th place and has advanced six spots. She is now close to reaching fourth as Kamesha Hairston ('07) holds that spot with 1,573 points (37 ahead). At McCarthy's current pace of 13.3 ppg, it would take her about three more games to reach Hairston's mark.
The final game of the 2008-09 season marked the last time Temple did not hit at least one three-pointer as a team. The Owls have now achieved that feat for 92 straight games.