By TJ Flaherty
The Temple Women’s basketball team continued a string of dominating performances when they downed the Houston Cougars 78-48 Friday night at McGonigle Hall. This was their sixth win in a row, bringing their record to 17 -7 overall, and 11-2 in conference play.
The Owls immediately took control of the game on both sides of the floor. After starting the game with a slim 5-4 lead, they were able to go on a 16-0 run to help establish momentum that Houston was unable to suppress for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore guard Tanaya Atkinson played a huge role in the Owls success. She picked up a career high 27 points, while also finishing with seven rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Donnaizha Fountain also attributed to the lopsided victory over the Cougars as she had a career game for herself. She set a career high in two categories, recording her second career double-double, while recording 20 points.
Coming off a 22 point performance against Cincinnati, Sophomore guard Alliya Butts wasn’t quite as prolific during this outing, but was still able to contribute to the victory nonetheless. She shot 5-14 from the floor, earning herself 11 points.
Temple was able to control the game defensively, holding Houston to a mere 9 points in the first quarter and a season-best 15 points in the first half.
The Owls had a commanding lead going into halftime with a lead of 36-15. They went on to outscore Houston 25-11 in the third quarter, and were able to continue to control the flow of the game to record the win.
Temple goes on to play conference rival Uconn, who sits one spot above them in the American Conference in first place. The game will take place on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at McGonigle Hall.