PHILADELPHIA - The Temple women's basketball team continues its American Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday, traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3.
Temple picked up its second-straight American Athletic Conference victory on Tuesday, moving to 2-0 in the conference, 6-8 overall. Junior Erica Covile
exploded for a career-high 24 points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds, as Temple topped SMU, 77-64.
Covile went 8-15 from the field, wrapping up her third-straight double-double, and her fourth in the last five games. Sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald
had her second-straight double-digit scoring performance, dropping 22 points and connecting on 12-14 from the free-throw line. Fitzgerald also tied a team-high with four assists in the game. Freshman Alliya Butts
started her second-straight game, finishing with nine points, four assists and three steals in the win. Rounding out the Temple box score, senior Tyonna Williams
had seven points, while sophomore Taylor Robinson
For the season, four Owls are averaging double-figures in scoring, led by Fitzgerald's 12.8 points per game. Atkinson is second in scoring (11.6 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.9 rpg), while Williams scores 10.4 points per contest. Covile is averaging 10.4 points and 8.8 boards per game, while Butts contributes 9.5 points per game and leads the Owls with 28 total steals. Williams is averaging 3.5 assists per game, while Fitzgerald averages 3.0.
Cincinnati enters Saturday's game with a 3-0 overall mark, including an 0-2 record in the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats suffered a 74-52 loss to Tulsa on the road Wednesday evening in their last outing. Cincinnati rallied to overcome a six-point first-half deficit but couldn't withstand a late run from Tulsa to secure the conference win. The Bearcats committed 32 turnovers in the contest, accounting for 34 Tulsa points off the miscues.
For the season, Ana Owens leads Cincinnati with 13.5 points per game and 3.67 assists per game. Marley Hill averages a double-double of 11.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per outing, while also compiling a team-best 13 blocks on the year. Jasmine Whitfield chips in 11.2 points per game on offense and has a team-high 17 steals this season.
Cincinnati is averaging 59.2 points per game on 38.4% shooting from the field. The Bearcats allow 65.2 points per game, and are being out-rebounded on the season by a slim margin (-0.5 rpg).
Last season, Cincinnati finished the American Athletic Conference regular season with a 5-13 mark. The Bearcats earned the eighth seed in the conference tournament, defeating UCF in the first round, before falling to top-seeded UConn in the quarterfinals.
The teams split a pair of American Athletic Conference meetings last season, with each team winning on the road. Temple took the opener, a 58-47 victory at at Fifth Third Arena in January, but SMU won the February match-up, a 55-52 win at the Liacouras Center. Last year's America schedule accounted for the only two meetings between the programs in the all-time series. Game Notes (PDF)
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