Miles Bailey, OwlSports Update
The Temple women’s basketball team (12-12, 7-6) dropped another lopsided game on Wednesday night at Houston, 80-60. This is the second-straight game where Temple has fallen by 20 or more points.
The Owls got off to a rough start, as Houston had managed to take a 17-10 lead at one point during the first quarter. After that, the Owls were able to draw closer and actually tied the game at 23 midway through the second quarter. A three-pointer by Caranda Perea gave the Owls their first lead since taking a 1-0 lead to start the game.
Houston was able to go on a 5-0 run to take back the lead with only 1:02 remaining in the half, and this led to a 33-29 halftime lead for the Cougars.
Turnovers were once again a big problem for the Owls as they committed 24 on the night, compared to Houston’s 14. Temple’s leading scorer Mia Davis also sat out for a long period of time during the second quarter because she had already committed two personal fouls.
The game got out of hand in the third when Houston went on an 8-0 run to take a 43-31. The Owls did not score a basket until the 5:47 mark of the 3rd quarter when Davis laid in two of her team-high 24.
The Owls defense was very suspect, as they let Houston convert 52 percent of its field goal attempts and 50 percent from three-point range.
The Owls are back at McGonigle Hall, as they will take on the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday at noon. Tulane is one of the best teams in the American Athletic Conference, riding an eight-game win streak. They are 10-4 against conference opponents and 20-7 overall.