Women's Basketball Set to Host Quinnipiac on Thursday in WNIT First Round

Women's Basketball Set to Host Quinnipiac on Thursday in WNIT First Round

Temple Game Notes (PDF)
Quinnipiac Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - The postseason will begin at home for Temple women's basketball, as the Owls (21-9) get set to face Quinnipiac (22-9) in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) First Round on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. in McGonigle Hall. There will be a FREE live webcast of the game HERE, and live stats are available HERE. To keep up with all the action in the WNIT, visit www.womensnit.com.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students/groups. Tickets can be purchased at the Liacouras Center box office or by calling the sales office at 215-204-8499. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Thursday in McGonigle Hall but only cash will be accepted. Fans who wish to purchase tickets with a credit card need to purchase them in the Liacouras Center box office, which will be open at game time.

The winner of the game will advance to the second round to face the winner of a game between Hofstra and Harvard, being played at the same time Thursday night at Hofstra. Game date and site are TBA and will be determined after Thursday's contests.

THE OPENING TIP
•Temple is 21-9 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 had won 14 straight before having that streak snapped in a 66-63 loss to Dayton in the A-10 Semifinals.

•The Owls are 4-3 all-time in the WNIT, with their last appearance coming in a narrow, 59-57 loss at James Madison in the first round in 2001.

Shey Peddy is nearing the 1,000-point mark for just her Temple career, having now scored 980 points in just her two seasons as an Owl...Overall, Peddy has scored 1,834 points in her collegiate career.

•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...She scored 30 points in TU's A-10 Quarterfinal win over Duquesne.

•The Owls' lone loss in regular season A-10 play was to now-#21/25 St. Bonaventure, and it was only Temple's second regular-season A-10 loss since the 2009-10 season.

•Peddy's 65 three-pointers rank first on the program's all-time single-season record list.

BJ Williams, who now ranks seventh all-time in the program for career assists with 351, leads all players in the A-10 with 141 assists (4.9 per game).

•Peddy leads all players in the A-10 with 17.2 ppg and ranks second in steals with 96 (3.2 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 ranks third on the team with 9.3 ppg and leads the Owls with 7.5 rebounds per game...Macaulay also leads the team with a field-goal percentage of 50.7 (107-211).

•Four of the Owls' losses were to teams ranked in the Top 25, while two other losses were to St. Bonaventure, now ranked 21st in the AP Poll, and St. John's, now ranked 14th in the AP Poll.

•Quinnipiac is 22-9 overall and finished 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.

SHEY PEDDY NAMED A-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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.

WNIT HISTORY
Temple is making its fourth-ever appearance in the WNIT. The Owls last played in the tournament 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. The Owls placed fifth in the tournament in 1982 and seventh in 1983.

NINTH-STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON IN 2011-12
Temple reached 20 wins for the ninth straight season and 10th time in the last 11 years. The Owls started 2-5 but have since gone 19-4. Temple won 14 straight, lost only twice since the start of 2012, and did not lose in February.

PEDDY NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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. 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.

McCARTHY MOVES INTO FOURTH ALL-TIME
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 1,591 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 46 points as Pam Balogh ('89) currently holds that spot with 1,636 points.

STEALING RECORDS
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.

PEDDY THEFT
Shey Peddy continues to find ways to grab the ball from opponents, as she leads the team and ranks second in the A-10 with 96 steals (3.2 per game). Peddy set the program record for steals in a single season last year with 104. 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 13th in NCAA Division I and recently tied Temple's program record for steals in a game with 10 in a win at Rhode Island.

PEDDY NEARING 1,000 AT TEMPLE
With 10 points in Temple's loss to Dayton on 3/4, Shey Peddy has now scored 980 points in just two seasons with the Owls. Overall, she has scored 1,834 points including two seasons at Wright State.

BJ DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
Senior BJ Williams has led the Owls in assists in 21 games and has racked up 141 total assists (4.9 per game) to lead all players in the Atlantic 10.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Proving Temple's strength of schedule this season, seven of its nine losses were to teams that earned NCAA Tournament berths. Five of those teams are ranked in the AP Top 25.

BIG EAST IN 2013-14
As announced by the BIG EAST Conference on Wednesday, March 7, Temple will be joining the league for all sports in the 2013-14 school year. The Owls will be a BIG EAST member for football only in the upcoming 2012 season.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
Last season marked Temple's ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and eighth straight. In each of the last two seasons the Owls advanced to the NCAA Second Round, which they have now done a total of five times (2010-11, 2009-10, 2006-07, 2004-05 and 1988-89).

Temple earned a berth last season by getting an at-large bid, which was the sixth at-large bid for the program. Other at-large bids came in the '88-'89, '06-'07, '07-'08, '08-'09, and '09-'10 seasons. The Owls have never advanced past the NCAA Second Round.
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