Women's Basketball Travels to UCF on Saturday
Junior Rateska Brown

Women's Basketball Travels to UCF on Saturday



Temple closes out the regular season with its second of three games in a six-day span.  The Owls make their final road trip of the regular season with a stop at UCF on Saturday, March 1.  Tip-off at CFE Arena is slated for 4 p.m.

The Owls, under sixth-year head coach Tonya Cardoza, stand 12-15 overall and 6-10 in American Athletic Conference play after a 67-58 loss at No. 24 Rutgers on Feb. 26.

After 27 games, freshman Feyonda Fitzgerald (Norfolk, Va.) is the Owls' leading scorer with 12.6 points and 4.0 assists per game. Senior Natasha Thames (Port Huron, Mich.) follows with 10.6 ppg and a team-best 7.6 rpg. Junior Tyonna Williams (Fort Washington, Md.) adds 10.0 points and a Conference-best .898 shooting from the free throw line. Senior Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury, N.C.) adds 9.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg.   Sophomore Erica Covile (Detroit, Mich.) averages 8.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg. while junior Rateska Brown (Alvin, S.C.) comes off the bench for 8.0 ppg and 2.4 rpg.

Temple is the only school in the American Athletic Conference to have five scorers among the Top 30 best scorers in the league.

The Knights, under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Joi Williams, stand 10-17 overall and 3-13 in American play after a 50-49 loss to Cincinnati on Feb. 22.  UCF is idle until hosting the Owls.

Freshman guard Zykira Lewis  is the Knights' top scorer with 12.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg, while senior forward Sara Djassi follows with 11.3 ppg and 5.0 rpg.  Junior forward Brittney Montgomery grabs a team-best 8.4 rpg.

This is the third meeting between Temple and UCF in women's basketball action since 1995 and just the second in American Athletic Conference play. The series is tied at 1-1.

On January 4, 2014, Temple won its first American Athletic Conference game at home with a 75-54 win at McGonigle Hall.  [complete boxscore on p. 47]

Four Owl starters netted double figures, led by junior Tyonna Williams' 19 points. She made a career-high five three-pointers. Senior Natasha Thames followed with 14 points, while senior Shi-Heria Shipp finished with a double-double of 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.  

In the regular-season finale, Temple hosts Houston on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at McGonigle Hall. ?The Senior Class will be honored in a pregame (6:45 p.m.)?ceremony.

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