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The Owls will be looking for their fourth-straight win

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Women's Basketball Takes on Penn at the Palestra Tonight

PHILADELPHIA - The Temple women's basketball team wraps up its non-conference slate with a Big 5 match-up at Penn on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Palestra. The Owls will look to spoil the Quakers' chances of grabbing their first-ever Big 5 title. 

Temple (7-8) returns to the court after an 81-64 win on the road at Cincinnati. Junior Erica Covile notched her fourth-consecutive double-double to lead the Owls with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while freshman Alliya Butts recorded 19 points with a game-high three steals. Temple shot 58.1% in the second half, en route to its third-straight victory.

For the season, five Owls average in double-figures in scoring, led by sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald's 12.7 points per contest. Freshman Tanaya Atkinson scores 11.3 points and adds 6.7 boards per game, while Covile chips in with 11.1 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per contest. Senior Tyonna Williams and freshman Alliya Butts both average 10.1 points per outing, with Williams leading the team with 51 assists and Butts nabbing a team-best 31 steals. 

Temple averages 67.3 points per game, shooting 36.3% from the field. The Owls have out-rebounded opponents 42.3 to 40.1 on the season, but allow opponents to shoot nearly 40% from the field. 

Penn (6-4) has won two straight, both wins coming at home. The Quakers haven't played in 2015, but closed out the calendar year with victories over UMBC (69-63) and Division-III King's (85-20) at the Palestra. 

Sydney Stipanovich is the only Penn player averaging in double-figures in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per outing, while also leading the team with 7.9 boards per game. The sophomore has recorded double-doubles in both Big 5 games for the Quakers this season. Senior Kathleen Roche has chipped in with 8.0 points per game, while classmate Kara Bonenberger averages 7.3. 

Penn is averaging 62.0 points per game, while holding opponents to just 53.5. The Quakers shoot 39.3% from the field and 36.6% from beyond-the-arc. Penn has also out-rebounded its opponents this season, averaging 42.2 boards per game, while giving up 38.1.

Tonight's game will be the 66th meeting between the programs, dating back to the 1924-25 season. The Owls own the all-time series, 49-16, including going 5-1 under Head Coach Tonya Cardoza. Penn grabbed the last meeting between the teams, winning 74-70 at McGonigle Hall, snapping a streak of nine-straight Owl victories. 

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