Khadijah Berger
Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University

Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Heads to Cincinnati for Saturday Clash

PHILADELPHIA -- The Temple women's basketball team looks for win number 10 this season, heading to Cincinnati on Saturday. The 9-6 Owls will meet the 10-7 Bearcats at 1:00 p.m. at the Saint Ursula Academy Gymnasium & Convocation Center.

SCOUTING TEMPLE
> Temple is 9-6 overall, with a 1-2 record in American Athletic Conference play.
> The Owls are led by senior Tanaya Atkinson, who averages team-best totals of 22.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, while adding 2.6 assists per game.
> Freshman Mia Davis is second on the team with 12.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing. 
> Rookie Emani Mayo averages 8.5 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 4.8 points and a team-best 2.8 assists per game.
> As a team, Temple shoots 38.8% from the field and 30.4% from three.
> The Owls have out-rebounded opponents by an average of 5.1 boards per game, but have a negative turnover margin (-1.9).

LAST TIME OUT
> Temple was upended by #25 USF on Wednesday night, falling 89-73 to the Bulls at McGonigle Hall.
> Temple shot 50% from the field in the second half, holding the Bulls to 43.3% with just one three.
> However, USF held a 42-30 advantage on the glass, and a 32-26 edge in the paint to seal the win. 
> Tanaya Atkinson tallied 27 points with six rebounds and four assists to lead the Owls.
> Mia Davis finished with 15 points and eight boards.
> Emani Mayo ended her night with 11 points and a pair of steals.

SCOUTING CINCINNATI
> Cincinnati is 10-7 overall with a 2-2 mark in American play.
> The Bearcats have five players who averaged 9.5 points per game or better.
> Cincinnati is led by Nikira Goings' 13.1 points per outing.
> Freshman Iimar'i Thomas tallied 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, coming off the bench for 16 of the first 17 games.
> Ana Owens averages 11.1 points and 4.2 assists per game.
> Shanice Johnson chips in with 9.5 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per outing.
> Angel Rizor rounds out the Bearcats' starting line-up with 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
> As a team, the Bearcats shoot 43.3% from the field and 30.6% from three.
> Cincinnati outscores opponents by an average of 7.1 points per game, with a +4.7 rebound margin.

LAST TIME OUT
> Cincinnati snapped a two-game losing streak with an 88-82 victory over Houston, handing the Cougars their first conference loss.
> With the score knotted at 48 midway through the third quarter, the Bearcats uaed a 21-12 run to grab a 69-60 lead.
> Houston cut into the lead in the fourth, but Cincinnati closed out the victory.
> Ana Owens led the Bearcats with a season-high 27 points, adding six rebounds and four assists.
> Angel Rizor pitched in a career-best 18 points with eight rebounds.
> Sam Rodgers and IImar'I Thomas each added 11 points in the win.

THE MATCH-UP
> USF owns the all-time series with the Owls, 9-2.
> Last year, the teams split the regular season series, 1-1, with each team winning on the road.
> USF captured the post-season meeting last year, winning 63-58.

LAST TIME THEY MET
> #23/20 Temple out-scored Cincinnati 23-2 in the first quarter to spark an 88-64 wire-to-wire win over visiting Cincinnati.
> The Owls out-shot the Bearcats, 47.8% to 41.1% and held a 41-27 edge on the glass.
> Tanaya Atkinson scored a career-best 30 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds. 
> Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald also rang up a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. 
> Alliya Butts added 23 points, six assists, and three steals.
> For Cincinnati, Shanice Johnson led the Bearcats with 15 points and six rebounds.
> Sam Rodgers finished with 13 points, while Nikira Goings had nine.
> Ana Owens ended her night with eight points, five rebounds, and four assists.
 
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