Temple Women’s Basketball started off Conference play off with an overtime win against Memphis. The win also put head coach Tonya Cardoza as the program’s all- time winningest coach at 173 wins. Cardoza’s official record as head coach of the Owls is 173-104. The win against Memphis puts Temple’s record at 1-0 in conference play and 9-3 overall.
In the dramatic fourth quarter, Temple and Memphis went back and forth with multiple lead changes. In the last 10 second of the fourth quarter, Junior Alliya Butts made a 3 pointer to put Temple in the lead, but Memphis answered shooting and making
a 3 pointer with 1 second left sending the game into overtime. Temple was able to keep Memphis shooting 12.5% regarding field goals where Temple shot 33.3% regarding field goals and 66.7% for free throws. Temple won in overtime with a score of 73-67.
Three Temple players notched double-doubles. Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald was the high scorer with 19 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Fitzgerald was also named to this week’s American Weekly Honor Roll for her performance. Senior Ruth Sherrill also had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Junior Donnaizha Fountain notched 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tanya Atkinson had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Junior Alliya Butts also notched 16 points for the Owls.
The Owls next game will be against Kennesaw State on January 4th at 2 PM.