Women's Basketball Set to Face Duquesne in A-10 Quarterfinals Today at 5:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph's

Women's Basketball Set to Face Duquesne in A-10 Quarterfinals Today at 5:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph's

A-10 Tournament Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - The 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship began Friday, but Temple had a first-round bye and will now play seventh-seeded Duquesne (20-10) in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. The entire tournament will be held at Hagan Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University, and the Owls are the second seed for a second year in a row. Duquesne advanced to the quarterfinals with a 69-55 win over 10th-seeded George Washington on Friday.

For all the tournament action including Saturday webcasts, ticket information, live stats, results and TV information, check out the A-10 Tournament Central.

Temple's Shey Peddy was named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Basketball Player and Defensive Player of the Year, in voting conducted among the league's 14 head coaches. Peddy is the first student-athlete to garner dual honors since fellow Owl Candice Dupree ('06) received the same two awards in 2005 and 2006. Peddy, now a two-time A-10 First Team honoree, is joined on the list of all-conference honors by Kristen McCarthy who was named to the A-10 Second Team for the second year in a row.

Temple is 31-11 all-time against Duquesne with a 14-1 record over the last 11 years. Duquesne's lone win was a 68-57 decision in Pittsburgh in 2009. Earlier this season the Owls edged the Dukes 67-64 in Philadelphia. Last season the Owls won on the road, 61-52. In 2009-10, Temple defeated the Dukes 63-54 in the A-10 quarterfinals.

•Temple is 20-8 overall and has now won 20 or more games for a ninth straight season...The Owls finished the A-10 season in second place at 13-1 and are currently riding a 13-game win streak.

Shey Peddy tied her career high with 31 points in a win over Saint Joseph's on Feb. 22, hitting 12-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 at the line.

•The Owls' lone loss in A-10 play was to now-#19/22 St. Bonaventure, and it is only Temple's second regular-season A-10 loss since the 2009-10 season.

•Peddy, along with being named the A-10 Player of the Week for a fourth time on Feb. 20, was also honored as the U.S. Basketball Writers Assocation's (USBWA) National Player of the Week for her performances vs. Rhode Island and GW...She tied the program's single-game record for steals with 10 at Rhode Island, along with scoring a game-high 22 points.

•Temple's 27 steals in the Rhode Island win tied the program record for steals in a game, set in 1998.

•Having allowed their opponents 55 or fewer points in 14 games this season including 10 A-10 games, the Owls rank second in the A-10 in scoring defense for conference games at 54.9 points per game.

BJ Williams is currently leading all players in the A-10 with 133 assists (4.9 per game).

Shey Peddy ranks second among all players in the A-10 with 17.0 points per game, and also ranks second in steals with 88 (3.1 per game).

•For A-10 games, Kristen McCarthy finished the regular season tied for third in the league in scoring (14.6), ninth in rebounding (6.9) and 11th in steals (1.7).

Victoria Macaulay is averaging 10.4 ppg in A-10 games along with 8.6 rpg (third in the A-10 for league games)...Her 29 blocks in A-10 play rank second among all players at 2.1 blocks per game.

•Four of the Owls' losses were to teams ranked in the Top 25, while two other losses were to St. Bonaventure, now ranked 19th in the AP Poll, and St. John's, now ranked 20th in the AP Poll.

It has been six 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). Two years ago the Owls barely missed out, losing 57-55 in overtime to #5/5 Xavier in the A-10 final.

Last year Temple was also the second seed, but the Owls were upset by sixth-seeded Dayton 75-67 in the semifinals after defeating St. Bonaventure 75-56 in the quarterfinals.

Temple reached 20 wins for the ninth straight season and 10th time in the last 11 years. The Owls started 2-5 but then finished by going 18-3. Temple has won 13 straight, lost only once since the start of 2012, and did not lose in February.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) selected Shey Peddy as its Women's National Player of the Week on Feb. 21. Peddy was the season's final recipient of the award.

As the A-10 Player of the Week, Peddy was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. Peddy averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 steals and 5.0 rebounds in two games as Temple's win streak reached 11 games. She had a career-high 10 steals in the win at Rhode Island, tying a school record set in 1985. She also scored 22 points in the win over the Rams and leads the Owls and is second in the A-10 in scoring with a 16.6 average.

With six points in Temple's 71-44 win at La Salle on Feb. 25, Kristen McCarthy moved into fourth all-time at Temple in career scoring, now with 1,577 points. McCarthy started the season in 11th place and has advanced seven spots, most recently passing Kamesha Hairston ('07) who now stands in fifth place with 1,573 points.

To move into third, McCarthy will need to score 60 points as Pam Balogh ('89) currently holds that spot with 1,636 points.

With 27 steals as a team in an 84-41 win at Rhode Island on Feb. 19, the Owls tied the program record for steals in a game, set back in 1998. Shey Peddy recorded 10 of those steals to tie the individual single-game record set in 1985, while BJ Williams and Brittany Lewis contributed significantly with five steals apiece.

ESPN's Charlie Creme released his latest Bracketology on Feb. 27, in which he has Temple as a 9 seed playing eighth-seeded Kansas State at Notre Dame in Indiana.

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.

To say Temple had more opportunities on offense than Rhode Island in the Owls' win on Feb. 19 would be an understatement. Thanks to a season-low five turnovers, the fewest since a Temple team committed just three vs. Villanova on Dec. 21, 2004, the Owls took 68 total shots compared to the Rams' 38.

Temple forced URI to commit 30 turnovers, off which it got its record-tying 27 steals. It was the most turnovers by an opponent since UMass committed 32 of them just over a year ago.

Shey Peddy 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 88 steals (3.1 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. This season, Peddy currently ranks 14th in NCAA Division I and recently tied Temple's program record for steals in a game with 10 in a win at Rhode Island.

Senior BJ Williams has led the Owls in assists in 20 games and has racked up 133 total assists (4.9 per game) to lead all players in the Atlantic 10.

Temple's win at La Salle on Feb. 25 was the 90th career victory for head coach Tonya Cardoza, who is now 90-36 all-time heading into the A-10 Championships. Her winning percentage as a head coach is now 71.4.
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