UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The #11 Temple women's basketball team upset #6 Wichita State, 72-59, in the opening round of the 2018 Aaron's American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Owls avenged a regular season loss to the Shockers to improve to 12-18 overall, while WSU ends its season at 14-17. The win was the 200th career victory for head coach Tonya Cardoza.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> The Owls grabbed the lead from the opening buzzer, and allowed Wichita State to tie the score just three times -- all in the first half.
> Temple shot 48% (26-55) from the field, holding Wichita State to a 37% (17-51) clip.
> After giving up 88 points to the Shockers in the regular season match-up, Temple's defense kept the Owls on top in this one.
> TU had the slight edge in points in the paint (32-30), and forced 18 WSU turnovers.
> Rookie Emani Mayo had an outstanding all-around game with 20 points, six assists, six rebounds, and a pair of steals.
> She tied her career high in points, and set a new career best in assists.
> Mayo also tied the conference's freshman record for points in a tournament game, matching the Owls' Feyonda Fitzgerald
who scored 20 points against USF in 2014.
> Senior Tanaya Atkinson
led the Owls with 24 points and seven rebounds, also grabbing three steals.
> The guard moved into first place all-time at Temple for points in a single season, passing Kamesha Hairston's 625 points in 2006-07, and now has 634 points this campaign.
> Graduate student Mykia Jones
had eight points, while freshmen Mia Davis
and Desiree Oliver
each added eight.
> Junior Lena Niang
added six points in the win.
> Temple jumped out to an 8-4 lead, as Atkinson scored six points in the first three minutes.
> Wichita State later cut the Owls advantage to 12-11 on a Rangie Bessard three.
> Temple matched the hit from long-range, as Jones' trey put the Owls up 15-11 after one.
> After WSU opened the second with a bucket, Temple scored seven unanswered, as part of a 13-5 run to go up by 10, 28-18 with 5:37 to play.
> The Shockers answered with a 10-0 run to tie things at 28-28.
> Temple regained some of its lead, closing the frame with a 6-0 surge to make it 34-28 at the half.
> Mayo scored the first 10 points of the third for Temple, as the Owls pushed the lead to 44-35.
> Wichita State cut it to seven (52-45) with a three point play, before Temple ended the quarter on a 6-2 run.
> The outcome was never in doubt in the fourth quarter, as Temple increased its lead by as many as 15.
> Temple will play #3 UCF on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals.