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PHILADELPHIA - Looking to get back on the winning track in the Atlantic 10, Temple women's basketball will host Richmond at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 in McGonigle Hall. The last two meetings between the Owls (8-11, 1-3) and the Spiders (12-9, 2-3) have been exciting ones, with Temple taking wins in both.
THE OPENING TIP
•The Owls have had a rough go of it in Atlantic 10 games since winning their conference opener at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 13...Temple has now lost three straight league games, most recently suffering a 71-55 loss to La Salle on Jan. 27.
•The loss to La Salle was the first since 2000 for the Owls, who had beaten the Explorers 14 times in a row prior to this year.
•Temple played its final non-conference game of the regular season on Jan. 23, defeating Penn 59-51...The Owls' lead of 24 was enough to hold off a late rally by the Quakers and snap a two-game losing streak.
•Before this year, the Owls had not lost back-to-back Atlantic 10 games since the 2002-03 season.
•Fifth-year head coach Tonya Cardoza
got the 100th win of her career in the Owls' 67-59 win at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 13...The milestone came in Temple's A-10 opener, and against the only team to defeat the Owls in the A-10 regular season last year.
•Cardoza is now 101-49, and reached her 100th win four games sooner than her predecessor Dawn Staley, who had 50 losses before reaching 100 wins.
•Sophomore Rateska Brown
scored a career-high 22 points including a career-high six three-pointers in the loss to VCU on Jan. 16...She followed it up with a team-high 15 points at Duquesne on Jan. 20.
•Senior Victoria Macaulay
recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds vs. La Salle...She was close to a double-double in Temple's other game last week, leading all players with 15 points and nine rebounds at Penn.
•Five of Temple's losses this season were to teams with strong records, Duquesne (14-3), Georgetown (9-4), Michigan State (12-1), Villanova (9-1) and Auburn (8-2).
•Temple was the only team to defeat Syracuse during its non-conference season, back on Dec. 2...The Orangewomen are now 16-3 and ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today
Coaches Poll...Their only other losses came to #3/2 Connecticut and Villanova.
•Turnovers have been costly for the Owls for much of the season...They have committed over 20 of them in 11 of 19 games...In the 2011-12 season, Temple committed more than 20 turnovers a total of just four times.
•Temple has six freshmen on a roster of 11, making the Owls the second-most inexperienced team in NCAA Division I women's basketball this season (San Jose State is in the top spot).
•Richmond is 12-9 overall and 2-3 in the A-10...The Spiders have lost three of their last five, but most recently earned a 73-63 overtime win vs. Xavier on Jan. 27...Three players average double figures in scoring, led by Kristina King with 13.3 ppg.
Richmond is 12-9 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic 10. The Spiders have lost three of their last five, but most recently earned a 73-63 overtime win vs. Xavier on Jan. 27. Richmond trailed by 16 points with 9:32 left in the game, but came all the way back and then outscored Xavier 14-4 in overtime. Three players average double figures in scoring for Richmond, led by Kristina King with 13.3 ppg. Genevieve Okoro averages a double-double of 10.3 ppg and a team-best 11 rpg for the Spiders.
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST RICHMOND
Temple leads Richmond 13-3 in the all-time series, and the Owls have won the last seven straight meetings. Last year's win was a nail-biter, and a jumper by then-senior Kristen McCarthy
with 0.2 seconds left in regulation gave Temple a 56-55 win on Richmond's home court. In 2010-11, the Owls drained a program-record 14 three-pointers on their way to an 84-56 win. The Spiders' last win was in 2006, by a narrow score of 56-54 in Richmond. Temple has never lost to Richmond at home, going 6-0.
HISTORY NOT REPEATING
After defeating the La Salle Explorers 14 straight times dating back to the 1999-2000 season, the Owls could not keep the streak alive as they suffered a 71-55 loss to La Salle at home this past Sunday. Little went right for Temple throughout the game, and 27 turnovers led to a 28-8 edge for La Salle in points off turnovers. The Owls ran into an unstoppable force in La Salle's Shanel Harrison, who scored a career-high 29 points and came one shy of her program's record with eight steals.
THE RISE OF ROXAS
Through the first seven games of the season, freshman Meghan Roxas
played just 4.1 minutes per game and averaged less than one point per game. She got her first big break with a start and 20 minutes of action at Kent State, and has been on the rise ever since. Over the last 10 games she has played in, she has averaged 18.7 minutes per game, 6.0 points per game, and has hit 14-of-38 from behind the arc (.368). She hit three treys in three different contests, scored 13 points off the bench at Georgetown and 11 points off the bench vs. La Salle.
COLD SPELL LEADS TO FIRST A-10 LOSS
In a game that had been close most of the way, an eight-minute scoreless stretch for the Owls in the second half against VCU proved too much to overcome. In the final minutes Temple cut an 11-point deficit to two after a 13-4 run, but could not tie the game despite having 17 seconds to do so on its final possession. The Owls shot a season-worst 28.6 percent from the field (20-of-70), and had only one player reach double figures as Rateska Brown
scored a career-high 22 points.
CARDOZA WINS THE 100TH GAME OF HER CAREER
Fifth-year head coach Tonya Cardoza
got the 100th win of her career in the Owls' 67-59 win at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 13. The milestone came in Temple's A-10 opener, which was against the only team to defeat the Owls in the A-10 regular season last year. Cardoza is now 101-49, and reached her 100th win four games sooner than her predecessor Dawn Staley, who had 50 losses before reaching 100 wins.
BROWN BREAKS OUT
Sophomore Rateska Brown
was the Owls' leading scorer in back-to-back games vs. VCU and Duquesne, leading Temple in scoring for the first two times this season. She scored a career-high 22 points including a career-high six three-pointers vs. VCU on Jan. 16, and followed it up with a team-high 15 points at Duquesne on Jan. 20. She also recorded a career-high six steals against VCU, and averaged 6.0 rebounds per game in the two contests.
The only blemish on Temple's A-10 slate last season was a loss to St. Bonaventure, and the Owls avenged that defeat with a win over the Bonnies in this year's A-10 opener. The 67-59 win was not an easy one, as Temple trailed by seven with six minutes left. The Owls closed the game on an impressive, 19-4 run to come away victorious and give head coach Tonya Cardoza
the 100th win of her career.
LEARNING NOT TO LET GO
After struggling mightily with their ball-handling for much of the non-conference season, the Owls recorded fewer turnovers for three straight games than in any game before. They committed just 12 in the win vs. Western Michigan on Jan. 7, and then a season-low 10 in the win at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 13. Against VCU on Jan. 16, the Owls had 13 turnovers. The three games in a row are still the only ones in which Temple recorded fewer turnovers than its opponent. Since that stretch, the struggles have returned with Temple committing over 20 turnovers in the most recent three games.
Some trends have emerged after Temple's first 19 games of the season. The most noticeable trends including the Owls being 8-4 when out-rebounding opponents, going 0-6 when being out-rebounded, going 6-2 when their starters outscore the opponents' starters, and going 4-0 when scoring 65 or more points.
MACAULAY TAKING CHARGE
Along with leading the team in a number of categories on the stat sheet, senior center Victoria Macaulay
ranks high among all Atlantic 10 players in five areas. She is averaging 14.7 ppg (5th), 9.3 rpg (5th), has a field-goal percentage of 48.0 (5th), has 2.1 blocks per game (3rd) and 7.2 def. rpg (2nd).
Her scoring numbers are particularly impressive when compared to the rest of her career. She averaged 3.0 ppg as a freshman, 4.6 ppg as a sophomore and 9.7 ppg as a junior.