Temple Hosts Auburn in Home Opener on Saturday Evening
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Temple Hosts Auburn in Home Opener on Saturday Evening




Temple opens a month-long homestand with its home opener with Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at McGonigle Hall.

A videostream of the game will air live on OwlSports.com with Ed LeFurge providing play-by-play, and Temple Associate AD/SWA and former coach Kristen Foley providing color commentary.

During Thanksgiving week, the Owls host Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Oakland on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The Owls, under sixth-year head coach Tonya Cardoza, stand 2-0 on the season after a 70-58 win at Delaware on Nov. 12.  Temple returns seven letterwinners, including three starters, to the line-up.

After two games, senior Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury, N.C.) is the Owls' leading scorer with 14.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Senior Natasha Thames (Port Huron, Mich.) follows with 13.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg, while junior Tyonna Williams (Fort Washington, Md.) adds 10.5 points and 5.5 assists per game.

The Tigers, under the guidance of second-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, stand 2-0 on the season after a 66-49 win over Jacksonville State on Nov. 13.

Four Tigers average double-figure scoring.  Senior G/F Tyrese Tanner is the team leader with 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore F/C Trac'Cee Tanner follows with 16.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg.  Freshman guard Brandy Montgomery adds 15.0 ppg, and senior center Peyton Davis rounds out the double-digit scorers with 14.5 ppg and team-best 9.5 rpg.

In series action, Auburn leads, 4-3.  In the teams' meeting last fall in Alabama,   Auburn claimed a 71-49 win at Auburn Arena.  Senior Victoria Macaulay led the Owls with 18 points, while Tyonna Williams added 12 points. The Tigers, which shot 53 percent from the field, held TU?to just 17 first-half points on 23 percent shooting.

Temple continues its four-game homestand with Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. in McGonigle Hall.
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