PHILADELPHIA — During their 9 game period when the women’s basketball team had only lost one game, their sole loss came against SMU in a 67-69 thriller that came down to the very end. When the two teams met for their second game of the season, Temple evened the record with a 55-35 blowout over them. As the low score indicates, neither team was really efficient from the field, as Temple wound up with a 30.3% field goal percentage, and SMU wound up with a 24% field goal percentage. Temple took advantage of more opportunities, though, as they came up with 31 points off turnovers, compared to SMU’s eight. Donnaizha Fountain lead all scorers with 14 points, while Erica Coville added a point-rebound double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. This game shows how Temple can not only win the shootouts, but the grind-fests when necessary, improving to a 14-7 record.
The first quarter was all Temple’s as SMU was only able score four points while Temple was able to amass 14 points. The biggest factor in this quarter was SMU’s turnover problem, as they had 12 turnovers in this quarter alone. Temple was able to turn a good amount of those steals into quick transition lay ups, which helped stretch the lead out.
In the second quarter, there wasn’t any big runs given up by either team, but Temple was able to stretch the lead out a bit more. Both teams pretty much kept up with each other, and all four of the only three pointers made in the game, by either team, were made during this quarter. By the end of the half, four Temple players(Alliya Butts, Donnaizha Fountain, Feyonda Fitzgerald, and Khadijah Berger) tied for most points in the game with six apiece. Temple as a team had been out-rebounding, out-assisting, and out-stealing SMU while giving them leading the game 30-18.
Just like the first quarter, the third was all Temple as SMU only scored six points throughout for the whole quarter. Temple took advantage of turnovers again, scoring a majority of the points off easy lay ups from steals. This brought them out to a 26 point advantage by the end of the quarter, leading SMU 49-23.
In the final quarter, the game was pretty back and forth in terms of scoring, and SMU had actually outscored Temple in the quarter. However, the deficit was too much for SMU to overcome, as Temple still won by a pretty decisive 20 points.