Big Second Half Leads Women’s Basketball to 66-54 Victory at Massachusetts
Tyonna Williams scored a career-high 23 points including 8-of-9 at the line

Big Second Half Leads Women’s Basketball to 66-54 Victory at Massachusetts

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AMHERST, Mass. – Rateska Brown and Tyonna Williams combined for 44 points to lead Temple women's basketball to a 66-44 win at Massachusetts (3-19, 1-6) on Sunday afternoon. The game was a close one through the first half, but a 13-2 run early in the second half helped the Owls (10-11, 3-3) pull away for good.

Williams scored a career-high 23 points including 8-of-9 at the line, while also dishing a game-high seven assists. Brown finished one shy of her career high with 21 points including five three-pointers. 

Victoria Macaulay notched her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and set a career-high with seven blocks while tying her career high with five steals in the win. Natasha Thames also reached double figures in rebounds with 10.

UMass got a double-double from Rashida Timbilla with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Minutewomen's Kiara Bomben scored a team-high 14 points off the bench.

The Minutewomen took advantage of Temple turnovers early, scoring nine their first 12 points off five ball-handling mistakes by the Owls. Temple trailed by as many as five points in the first few minutes, but after back-to-back three-pointers from Williams and Brown, the Owls took their first lead of 14-12 near the 11-minute mark.

The score was tied at 14 and again at 16, with Temple's errors continuing to lead to UMass buckets. After the Minutewomen took an 18-16 lead at 8:31, neither team scored for more than three minutes.

Macaulay ended the scoring drought with a pair of free throws, and Williams followed with her third trey of the game for a 21-18 lead at 4:54. The scoring pace remained slow, but it was Macaulay again with a layup two and a half minutes later to give the Owls their largest lead of five points, 23-18 at 2:11.

UMass scored a pair of buckets to come back within a point in the final minute. Temple looked like it would take a four-point lead into the break after Brown's third three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining, but a buzzer-beater three-pointer for Bomben of UMass sent Temple into the locker room up by just a point, 26-25.

Brown and Williams led all scorers with nine points apiece in the first half, with all 18 of those points coming off of three-pointers.

The first four minutes of the second half saw two ties and four lead changes. After the second of those ties, 33-33 at 16:31, the Owls began a run that would see them pull away for good. Four different players scored in a 9-0 run that would become a 13-2 run, giving the Owls their first double-digit lead, 46-35 at 12:11.

Williams grabbed her own rebound after a miss near the 10-minute mark, and was fouled on her putback attempt. The two ensuing free throws put her at a career-high 19 points with plenty of time remaining.

The Minutewomen came within no fewer than nine points in the final 12 minutes. Brown hit her fourth and fifth treys of the game in less than a minute, with the second of those giving the Owls at 14-point, 56-42 lead at the six-minute mark. They would go on to lead by as many as 16 in the following minutes.

UMass began to foul in the final minutes after narrowing the deficit to 10, but Brown and Williams went 6-of-6 at the line over the final 1:27 to keep Temple firmly in the lead.

The Owls will be on the road again for their next game, a 7:00 p.m. contest at Charlotte on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
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