Owls Fall Short to USF in AAC Tournament Semi-Final

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For the second time this season, the Temple Owls Women’s Basketball team fell short against the USF Bulls. The Owls lost with a score of 63-58. The loss brings the Owls down to 24-6 and stops their run in the AAC tournament, while the win advances the USF Bulls to the finals of the AAC tournament where they will play UConn and brings their record to 23-7 overall.

The first quarter, the Owls were very dominating and even had a 9-point lead. This first quarter domination was led by the trio of Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald, who in the quarter final game set an AAC tournament record for most points scored in a game, and Juniors Alliya Butts and Tanaya Atkinson.

In the second quarter, USF fought back against the Owls to take the lead. The lead was constantly changing and USF only ever went up by 6 points at the most. At the end of the second quarter, USF was up 33-30, and the Bulls had outscored the Owls 19-13.

The Owls never were able to regain the lead in the second half. The third quarter was very low scoring for both teams who both scored only 9 points, but USF continued to keep the lead. USF came out in the fourth quarter with 10 unanswered points to extend their lead even further. From there, the Owls tried to fight back but fell just short from beating USF.

Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald led the way for the Owls with 18 points and 6 assists. Junior Tanaya Atkinson recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Alliya Butts notched 17 points and Senior Safiya Martin notched 8 rebounds.

The Owls will now wait to find out their seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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