After a two game losing streak, the Owls are back on track winning their third straight game in a row against East Carolina Saturday afternoon. Temple Women’s Basketball beat the East Carolina Pirates by a score of 76-43. This win puts the Owls at 19-5 overall and 10-2 in the American Athletic Conference, and this loss brings East Carolina down to 10-15 overall and 1-11 in conference play.
East Carolina kept it close in the beginning half of the first quarter. The Pirates made a layup to start off the quarter, but Junior Donnaizha Fountain would answer with a solid three pointer. East Carolina made a jumper keeping the game close, but Donnaizha Fountain would answer again with another three-point shot allowing the Owls to take the lead 6-4. East Carolina made another jumper to tie the game, but after that, the Owls took over. Junior Tanaya Atkinson made both her free throws to have the Owls go up 8-6. Layups by Donnaizha Fountain and Feyonda Fitzgerald would further extend the lead in the first quarter. Junior Alliya Butts also added a three-point shot to help out the Owls while Freshman Shantay Taylor was able to make her free throws. The Owls ended the first quarter up by 14 points.
The second quarter only got better for the Owls as they continued to extend their lead. It started off with a fast break layup from Tanaya Atkinson. Feyonda Fitzgerald would also add a jumper and layup in the beginning of the second quarter. Alliya Butts and Ruth Sherrill both were able to contribute layups, and Donnaizha Fountain added another three-pointer to extend the Owls lead to 21 points over the Pirates. A layup from Fountain at the end of the second quarter put the Owls up 46-20.
The Owls only continued to keep at least a 23-point lead over East Carolina during the second half of regulation. Donnaizha Fountain and Feyonda Fitzgerald both made 3-5 field goal shots in the second half. Shantay Taylor also was shooting 75% for free throws. The team totaled 27 rebounds just in the second half of play. With layups made by Fountain, Butts, and Taylor, Temple was able to beat East Carolina with a score of 76-43.
Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald recorded 21 points and 6 assists for the Owls and Junior Donnaizha Fountain had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Alliya Butts was able to notch 12 points and recorded a career-high 6 rebounds at 5”4. Junior Tanaya Atkinson had 12 points and Freshman Shantay Taylor added 8 points. Senior Ruth Sherrill also notched 7 rebounds for the Owls.
The Owls will be facing SMU on February 15th at 7PM in Pearson McGonigle Hall.
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