By Miles Bailey - OwlSports Update
The Temple women’s basketball team found a good time to break its two-game losing streak. The Owls (10-9, 5-3) ran past Wichita State on Wednesday night, 70-49, as Mia Davis became the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Davis was asked about her accomplishment and the feeling of it, she says, “Of course it’s a great feeling. Like I said before, I just want to thank my teammates and coaches for putting me in a position.”
Prior to the game, all of the focus was shifted toward Davis, as she came into the game needing just five points for the record of 2,194.
“Actually I just came in the game with an open mind,” she said. “I wasn’t like thinking about this because I know how it can be a lot of pressure on you.”
Davis’ development as a player from her first ever season at Temple to Wednesday night’s record-setting performance has been truly spectacular.
Coach Cardoza was asked about her development, she said, “Every year Mia comes in and tries to work on something different, but every year it’s the same. It’s ‘I am gonna come in here and do whatever is asked of me. I’m gonna play whatever position you need me to play. I’m gonna do whatever my team needs for us to be successful.’”
Davis finished the game with a game-high 18 points.
The only other Owl to score in double figures was Caranda Perea. She had played limited minutes earlier in the season. But she is now one of the team’s more reliable players to come off the bench.
Cardoza was asked about Perea’s development, she said, “Caranda can really shoot the basketball. She is the best shooter on our team, and the other day I said to her like that there are so many games where she’s passive, and just like today that’s what she needs to do.”
What really stood out was the Owls defense, as they forced 19 turnovers, which became a huge factor in this dominating performance.
“We knew that we had to be disruptive, and that’s part of our MO right now,” said Cardoza. “When you look around in our conference, most of the teams in our conference play zone. We're probably one of the only teams that literally play man-to-man.”
The only negative to come away from this game was when Alexa Williamson was carted off the court in the first half. There was no injury update after the game.
The Owls next game is back at McGonigle Hall on Sunday at 12pm, as Temple takes on the ECU Pirates. The Pirates are 8-12 and are currently riding a three-game losing streak.