Shantay Taylor
Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University

Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Opens American Play on Saturday at UCF

PHILADELPHIA — The Temple women's basketball team will open American Athletic Conference play at UCF on Saturday. The 8-4 Owls will take on the 8-5 UCF Knights at the CFE Arena at 2:00 p.m.

SCOUTING TEMPLE
> The Owls have been idle since December 21 when they were upended by defending NCAA Champion, South Carolina.
> Temple has two players averaging double-doubles — senior Tanaya Atkinson and freshman Mia Davis.
> Atkinson leads the Owls with 23.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, also adding team-best totals of 32 assists and 20 steals.
> Davis is second on the team with 11.8 points and 10.2 boards per outing.
> Rookie Emani Mayo averages 8.8 points and 2.6 assists per game.
> Freshman Desiree Oliver adds 8.0 points and 2.7 assists per game, but is sidelined due to injury.
> Senior Khadijah Berger averages 5.3 points and 2.5 assists per game.
> As a team, Temple shoots 39.4% from the field and 31.3% from three.
> The Owls have out-rebounded opponents by an average of nearly nine boards per game, but have a negative turnover margin (-2.2).

LAST TIME OUT
> #4/5 South Carolina, proved to be too much for Temple, as the Owls fell 87-60 at the Liacouras Center.
> South Carolina shot 50% or better in all four quarters, finishing at 53.7% from the field for the game.
> The Owls were held to just 26.7% from the field, but shot 50% (8-16) from three.
> The Gamecocks held a slight 47-46 edge on the glass, but had a 30-18 advantage in the first half.
> Davis tallied her fourth double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, making all three of her shots from long range.
> Tanaya Atkinson finished just shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, also adding a team-high six assists.
> Emani Mayo chipped in with 13 points, while sophomore Shantay Taylor had eight points and six rebounds.
> Junior Deja Reynolds added five points and five rebounds to round out the box score.

SCOUTING UCF
> UCF, who was picked fourth in the American preseason poll, has won five out of their last six games.
> The Knights have four players averaging 9.9 points or better.
> Zakiya Saunders leads UCF with 13.8 points per game, also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
> Returning All-Conference selection, Aliyah Gregory, puts up 13.8 points per game.
> Kornelia Wright chips in with 11.0 points and a team-best 4.1 assists per outing.
> Masseny Kaba adds 6.9 points per game and is second on the team with 6.0 boards per game.
> Nyala Shuler averages a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, adding 3.5 points.
> As a team, UCF shoots 41.3% from the field, but just 26.3% from three.
> The Knights have a 3.0 turnover margin, and out-rebound opponents by 3.5 boards per game.

LAST TIME OUT
> UCF closed out its non-conference schedule with a 62-54 win over Davidson on Thursday.
> The Knights jumped out to a 10-0 advantage against Davidson and never relinquished its lead.
> A trio of Knights finished in double figures, led by Gregory's game-high 15 points. 
> Junior Kayla Thigpen added 11 points and tied her career high with four steals. 
> Wright chipped in 10 points, while Shuler posted her fourth double-digit rebounding contest of the season, collecting a game-high 11 boards.

THE MATCH-UP
> Temple leads the all-time series with UCF, 7-1, winning seven straight games since the Knights won the first meeting.
> The teams have met seven times since joining the American Athletic Conference, with Temple winning all seven games.

LAST TIME THEY MET (#25/20 Temple 66, UCF 60 (at UCF))
> Temple finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 66-60 win on the road at UCF, to clinch the second seed in the conference tournament. 
> Temple shot 50% or better in the first and third quarters, providing enough cushion to get by two quarters under 25% shooting. 
> The Owls led by as many as 15 points before a fourth quarter UCF surge saw the lead shrink to just three points with 2:16 to play. 
> However, Temple got a key "and one" from junior Alliya Butts and came up with two defensive stops down the stretch to seal the victory.
> Butts finished her night with 20 points, tying a career-high with seven steals.
> Tanaya Atkinson was Temple's top scorer, netting 21 points with nine rebounds. 
> Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald ended her final regular season game with 19 points and nine assists.
> For UCF, Aliyah Gregory tallied 19 points, while Fifi Ndour added 13.
> Zykira Lewis added 10 points, while Joslyn Massey had nine points and 11 rebounds.
 
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