Temple Women’s Basketball Defeats Rutgers to Win Third in a Row

Courtesy of Temple Athletics
Courtesy of Temple Athletics

The Temple Owls defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to earn their third straight victory. The win comes just two days after the Owls’ big upset over the #16 ranked DePaul.

Temple was lead by the individual efforts of senior Feyonda Fitzgerald who led all scorers with 19 points, and had a career high in steals with six. Also, junior Donnaizha Fountain had a solid individual showing as Fountain notched 15 points, and grabbed seven rebounds.

Rutgers got off to a hot start as the Scarlet Knights opened up an 11-2 lead over the Owls early in the first quarter. Temple responded with five unanswered points to cut the lead to 11-7. Rutgers went on to score the next four out of five points to take a 15-8 lead to end the first quarter. Temple shot a dismal 0-7 beyond the three point mark in the first quarter.

Rutgers began the second quarter by outscoring Temple 8-2 to take a 23-10 lead. From that point, the Owls outscored Rutgers 8-3 and cut the lead to 26-18 to end the first half.

It was a dominant second half for Temple including a decent third quarter from the Owls. Temple held the Scarlet Knights to just seven points while scoring 16 points, and shooting 47% from the field after shooting a dismal 27.6% from the field in the first half. The Owls took a 39-33 lead heading into to the fourth quarter.

The final quarter would be a low scoring defensive battle. Temple outscored Rutgers 9-4 to end the game at 48-37 with the advantage going to Temple.

The Owls will play their final game of 2016 on Thursday against Fairfield at McGonigle Hall.

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