Women’s Basketball to Face Quinnipiac at Home on Thursday in WNIT First Round

Women’s Basketball to Face Quinnipiac at Home on Thursday in WNIT First Round

2012 WNIT Bracket (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA – Fourth-year Head Coach Tonya Cardoza and the Temple women's basketball team (21-9) will make their fourth-ever appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 15 when the Owls host Quinnipiac (22-9) in McGonigle Hall. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

The WNIT berth follows eight straight years of Temple participating in the NCAA Tournament, but despite a strong record and strong strength of schedule, the Owls were not awarded a berth this season when the bracket was announced earlier tonight.

Should Temple advance to the WNIT Second Round, it would face the winner of a first-round game between Harvard and Hofstra.

Last year in the postseason, 10th-seeded Temple defeated seventh-seeded Arizona State in the NCAA First Round before falling to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame in the second round. It was Temple's second-straight appearance in the NCAA Second Round.

The Owls last played in the WNIT in 2001, falling narrowly in a game at James Madison by a score of 59-57. In both 1982 and 1983, Temple went 2-1 in the WNIT. The Owls placed fifth in the tournament in 1982 and seventh in 1983.

Temple finished the 2011-12 regular season with an overall record of 21-9, marking the ninth season in a row with 20 or more wins. The Owls finished second in the Atlantic 10 with a record of 13-1 for a second year in a row, and advanced to the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament before falling to eventual champ Dayton in a narrow loss. The tournament loss snapped a 14-game win streak for the Owls.

Senior Shey Peddy, the A-10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Owls with 17.2 points per game to rank first in the league. Peddy's 96 steals (3.2 per game) lead the team and rank second in the A-10, and her 65 three-pointers are a new single-season record for the program. Peddy has scored 1,834 points in her collegiate career including 980 points in just two seasons at Temple.

Senior Kristen McCarthy, an A-10 Second Team honoree for a second year in a row, is averaging 12.9 ppg along with 6.3 rebounds per game to rank second on the team in both. With 1,591 career points, McCarthy ranks fourth all-time in program history while also ranking in the top 10 in field goals, three-point field goals, rebounds and steals.

Quinnipiac finished the season at 22-9 overall and with a 13-5 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats advanced to the NEC Tournament semifinals before losing 69-66 to Monmouth. Quinnipiac is making only its second-ever postseason appearance, with the first also coming in the WNIT in 2007-08. Three players average in double figures in scoring for the Bobcats, led by Felicia Barron at 16.7 ppg along with an impressive 4.2 steals per game.

Temple and Quinnipiac will be meeting for the first time in women's basketball.

The WNIT is an annual tournament involving 64 of the nation's top women's Division I basketball teams. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools. Every round is single elimination. The championship game will be televised by CBS Sports Network, as will one of the two semifinals.
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