CINCINNATI — As teams start to repeat themselves towards the end of the season, some results appear to remain the same as well. That happened to be the case for Cincinnati, as they lost to Temple 74-49. It’s not that Temple blew them out again, but the last game resulted in a 74-51 win for Temple. The games look almost identical as Temple scored that same amount of points, and Cincinnati wound up scoring two less than their first time around. Even the box scores look extremely similar as Alliya Butts scored two less (22), Tanaya Atkinson scored three less (16), and Donnaizha Fountain scored one more (13). Another player with a huge impact was Erica Covile, after being named American Athletic Conference and Big 5 player of the week, with a point-rebound double-double with 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Temple showed complete dominance by out-rebounding, out-stealing, out-assisting, and out-blocking, while turning the ball over less.
In the first quarter, Temple jumped out to a huge lead as Cincinnati was barely able to get in the game. They wound up only scoring eight points in the entire quarter. There weren’t even too many steals and transition buckets in this quarter to really help Temple jump up to their lead, Temple was just making shots while Cincinnati was missing theirs. There were a few big runs in the quarter, though, which helped Temple jump out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the quarter.
Neither team was really impressive in the second quarter, as Temple only scored six points while Cincinnati only scored 11 points. Both teams were just pretty stagnant from the floor in this quarter, although Cincinnati did seem to get the better of Temple, if only slightly. By halftime, Donnaizha Fountain lead all scorers with 11 points, while Temple had already created an advantage in every category aside from steals.
For the first two and a half minutes of the third quarter, both teams were pretty back and forth in scoring. Temple started to break apart within the next three and a half minutes going on a 8-0 run and jumping out to a 21 point advantage. Cincinnati then went on a 6-2 run to end the quarter and bring the game slightly closer to them for the fourth quarter.
That didn’t work out to well, though, as Temple was able to jump out to a 9-0 run in two and a quarter minutes. After that, the game had some balanced scoring for about two minutes. After that, Temple put their foot on the gas and rode the game out 15-9 run, when the game was already well out of reach.