PHILADELPHIA — Some games they can wear out towards the end of the game, but when they play a complete game, Temple’s Women’s Basketball team can be completely dominant. This was shown in their blowout 100-59 win over Delaware State. Temple was two games removed from a blowout victory, one game removed from what almost became another 2nd half malfunction, which they picked up towards the end of the game. As they pieced it all together, though, they played in what was their best outing of the entire season. They never scored under 20 points in a single quarter, while Delaware State was only able to amass a single 20 point quarter. The 2nd and 4th quarters showed excellent defense as well, as Temple held Delaware State to 10 and nine points respectively. This was a great day for Temple in scoring, as six players all reached double digits. Not only that, but three players (Tanaya Atkinson, Alliya Butts, and Erica Coville) scored more points than the highest scorer on Delaware State (NaJai Pollard). Atkinson lead both teams in points and rebounds, while nearly achieving a double-double, with 24 points and nine rebounds. Butts and Coville nearly duplicated each other, as Butts wound up with 17 points, seven assists, and four steals, while Covile ended up with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. It was another dominant game for the Women’s Basketball team, as they have started to get hot with a three-game win-streak, their largest of the season, so far.
The first five minutes of action were pretty equal between both teams, as neither had a big run on the other. Then, during the last five minutes, Temple went on a 15-2 run that had them up 29-15 at the end of the quarter. One of the big reasons that this run was so big was constant fouls by Delaware State. Temple was able to rack up seven extra free-throws, while they didn’t take a single free-throw shot throughout the whole quarter. Turnovers were also a big part in Temple’s run as they only had one, while Delaware State had four, which all lead into transition points.
This quarter started off slow for both teams, as there were only seven points scored in the first five minutes of action, but just like the first quarter, Temple went on a run for the last five minutes. They went on a 19-8 stretch, which was again lead by plenty of free-throws and fast-break points. These exploits pushed Temple out to a 53-25 lead by halftime. For the half itself, four Temple players already had double digit points, lead by Donnaizha Fountain’s 14, while not even one player on Delaware State had even achieved 10 yet. To showcase how heavily the free-throw game had been working in Temple’s favor, Temple was 16-19 on free-throws, while Delaware State was only 3-3. The constant fouling helped Temple in a big way, as that’s where a large amount of their points came from. In fact, Temple was more dominated every stat line by the end of the half, except for one less block.
The third quarter didn’t prove to be as easy for Temple as the first half was, though. This quarter was back and forth as no team got the edge over the other throughout. Delaware State was able to achieve their first 20+ point quarter, with 25 points, while Temple added it’s third, with a 23 point quarter.
The start of the fourth quarter could not have gone any worse for Delaware State. Temple went on a 16-2 run for the first five minutes of the quarter, which was thanks to plenty of fast-break points, as has been Delaware State’s weakness throughout the whole game. At 92-52, with five minutes left, the game was already over, but the Owls wound up scoring 100 points by the end of the game, while Delaware State couldn’t even eclipse 60. This was a big win for Temple, as they proved what can happen when they have their head in all four quarters of the game without any collapsing. The Owls will look to continue this momentum versus a top tier Memphis team on December 30th.