-- The Temple women's basketball team hits the road for back-to-back games, heading first to Tulsa for a Saturday tip-off. The Owls and the Golden Hurricane will face off at 3:00 p.m. (EST) on the American Digital Network.
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Temple hits the road with a 12-3 overall record, including 3-0 in conference play. The Owls are riding an eight-game win streak that began on December 10 with an 83-48 win at Villanova.
Four Temple players average in double-figures in scoring, led by senior guard Feyonda Fitzgerald
's 19.0 points and 7.5 assists per contest. Junior Alliya Butts
averages 15.9 points per game with a team-best 31 steals. Juniors Tanaya Atkinson
averages 14.1 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds a game, while Donnaizha Fountain
(11.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) contributes for the Owls on both ends of the floor.
Senior Ruth Sherrill
has come on strong since breaking into the starting line-up and averages 5.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Junior Khadijah Berger
averages 4.5 points and 2.9 boards per game, while senior Safiya Martin
(2.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg) tops the team with 21 total blocks.
Temple averages 73.5 points per game, giving up 61.0. The Owls shoot 40.3% from the field and 32.2% from long-range. Temple forces an average of 16.7 turnovers per game, and out-rebounds opponents by a +5.9 margin.
LAST TIME OUT
Temple senior Feyonda Fitzgerald
became the program's all-time assist leader, as the Owls won their eighth-straight -- a convincing 78-47 victory over visiting East Carolina. The win ran Temple's record to 12-3 overall, 3-0 in American Athletic Conference play, while East Carolina fell to 10-7, 1-3 in conference play.
Temple led for nearly 37 minutes of play, turning on the jets after an early 4-4 tie. The Owls held East Carolina to just 17 first-half points, while Fitzgerald herself tallied 15 in that same span. Temple finished the game shooting 45.1%, while shooting over 50% in the second and third quarters. The Owls also forced 20 Pirates' turnovers and held a 45-38 edge on the glass.
Fitzgerald finished with nine helpers on the night with a game-best 22 points. Junior Donnaizha Fountain
ended her night with 14 points and seven boards, while classmate Tanaya Atkinson
had 13 points and seven rebounds. Junior Alliya Butts
had 13 points and three assists, while senior Ruth Sherrill
filled out her stat line with six points, six rebounds, and career-highs of three blocks and three steals. Rounding out the Temple box score, senior Monasia Bolduc
had five points, while junior Khadijah Berger
added five rebounds and three assists.
Tulsa is 5-11 overall with a 1-2 mark in The American.
Erika Wakefield leads the Golden Hurricane scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game, while dishing out a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Alexis Gaulden adds 9.6 points per contest, while Kendrian Elliott puts up 9.4 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per contest. Tatyana Peres (7.2 ppg), Ebony Parker (6.5 ppg), and Shug Dickson (6.0 ppg) all add to the Tulsa offense.
As a team, the Golden Hurricane average 65.6 points per outing, but give up 70.2. Tulsa shoots 40% from the field and 35.2% from three, but is being out-rebounded by over seven boards per game.
LAST TIME OUT
Tulsa fell 84-68 to #22 USF on Saturday night on the road. The Bulls out-shot and out-rebounded Tulsa, building up a 36-23 lead at halftime, and not looking back.
Kendrian Elliott led Tulsa's attack with 14 points, while Ebony Parker and Shug Dickson both had 11, and Erika Wakefield added 10 points. Elliott and Dickson both had five rebounds, Wakefield and Dickson had three assists, and Wakefield had three steals.
THE OWLS VS. THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Temple holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against Tulsa.
LAST TIME THEY MET: March 5, 2016 - Temple 78, Tulsa 52
Third-seeded Temple topped sixth-seeded Tulsa, 78-52, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Five different Temple players notched double-figures in scoring on the night, pacing a balanced Owl offense that shot 47.5% for the game and 53.6% in the second half. Tanaya Atkinson
had 20 points and a team-best nine rebounds, while Feyonda Fitzgerald
had 14 points, seven assists, and six boards. Alliya Butts
had 14 points in the win, with Donnaizha Fountain
(11 points, 8 rebounds) and Erica Covile
(10 points, 8 rebounds) both having big games on both ends of the floor.
Ashley Clark led Tulsa with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Erika Wakefield added 10 points in the loss.
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