Tanaya Atkinson
Carli Showmaker
Saint Joseph's SJU 5-1
Temple TEMPLE 5-2
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 3 4 F
Saint Joseph's SJU 16 14 18 18 66
Temple TEMPLE 9 21 20 19 69

Game Recap: Women's Basketball |

Women's Basketball Wins Big 5 Battle Against Saint Joseph's, 69-66

PHILADELPHIA - With a layup and two clutch free throws in the final 16 seconds, Temple women's basketball rallied for a 69-66 Philadelphia Big 5 win over visiting Saint Joseph's (5-1, 0-1 Big 5). The Owls (5-2, 2-0 Big 5) got a pair of double-doubles from senior Tanaya Atkinson and freshman Mia Davis, as well as a career game from junior Deja Reynolds.

Keys to the Game
> The Owls started slow with just nine points in the first quarter, but picked up the pace to out-score the Hawks in each of the remaining stanzas.
> SJU scored four straight points for a 66-65 lead with 19 seconds left, but Atkinson answered with her final bucket to put the Owls back ahead. Reynolds was then fouled by the Hawks, and sank two free throws with seven seconds left for the final tally.
> There were a total of 10 ties and 11 lead changes in a true battle by both teams.
> The game was old-school style and saw just three treys made in the entire contest; two by Temple. 
> The Hawks were previously averaging close to seven three-pointers per game, along with 82 points per game, but Temple's defense was relentless. 

Individual Highlights
> Atkinson led all scorers with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Davis also had 13 rebounds and finished with 15 points.
> Reynolds doubled her previous career high, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
> Amanda Fioravanti led the Hawks with 22 points.

First Quarter
> After a 2-2 tie, Saint Joseph's took the lead and never trailed again in the quarter. 
> The Owls struggled with ball-handling, committing seven turnovers, and hit just four of 13 attempts from the field with two of those coming from Atkinson.
> The Hawks had a seven-point lead at the end of the quarter, 16-9.

Second Quarter
> SJU took its larges lead of nine, 22-13 at the 6:55 mark.
> Atkinson scored five straight points to cut the deficit to 22-18, but the Hawks went back up 27-20 just past the midway point.
> Starting with a Mia Davis layup, the Owls had a 7-0 run that turned into a 9-1 run, giving them their first lead of the game with 1:20 left, 29-28.
> Two ties followed, the second being the halftime score of 30-30.
> Atkinson scored 10 of her 24 points in the second quarter alone.

Third Quarter
> There were seven ties and seven lead changes in a back-and-forth quarter that saw the Owls lead by as many as four and the Hawks by as many as three.
> After a 7-0 SJU run, the Owls were down 41-38 just past the midway point before Mykia Jones hit Temple's first three-pointer of the game.
> Three more ties followed, but Temple finished up by two at the end of the quarter, 50-48.

Fourth Quarter
> Temple extended its lead to six on two occasions before taking its largest lead of seven, 60-53 on a Desiree Oliver jumper at 6:10.
> The Hawks then scored the next six points as Temple went cold from the field, making it a one-point game, 65-64 with 41 seconds left.
> Temple missed its third straight with just under 30 seconds to go, and the Hawks' Chelsea Woods made a layup at 19 seconds to put SJU up 66-65.
> After a timeout, the play for Atkinson went as planned, and she drove to the rim for a 67-66 lead with 16 seconds left.
> The Hawks traveled on their next possession, and then fouled Reynolds who sank her free throws with seven seconds remaining to seal the win.

Up Next
> Temple is back at home for its next game, a 2 p.m. contest against Harvard on Saturday, Dec. 2.
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