On Tuesday, January 28th, the Temple Owls women’s basketball team welcomed the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies were 21-0 entering Tuesday night’s game.
The last time these two American Conference foes met was January 11th, in Connecticut. The Huskies had their way with the Owls, defending their home court with a decisive 80-36 victory. The Owls headed into Tuesday night’s game with hopes of a different outcome this time.
To start off the game, the Huskies won the tip-off. The Owls struggled to find a rhythm early in the game, falling behind 18-4. However, a media timeout about five minutes into the game allowed the Owls to regroup and go on an 11-0 run.
This allowed Temple to send a message to the Huskies that they came ready to play. About 12 minutes in, Temple got their first lead of the night, 23-22. The score at the half was 49-32 UConn. Leading scorers at the half for the Owls were Taylor Robinson with 8 points and Tyonna Williams with 7 points. UConn’s Breanna Stewart led both teams with 25 points of her own in the first half.
As the second half got underway, the hole the Owls had put themselves into had gotten deeper. The Owls fell behind 60-38 with just over 4 minutes into the half. Turnovers and missed shots prevented Temple from gaining any momentum for the rest of the second half.
The Connecticut Huskies won 93-56. The Temple Owls will look to bounce back from this loss on Saturday, February 1st, at Southern Methodist University. For now, they close out the month of January with a 3-6 record.