The winning streak continues for the Owls as the Temple Women’s Basketball team beat Penn Wednesday night to clinch the Philadelphia Big 5 Title. The title is only the 10th in school history and only the 2nd for Coach Tonya Cardoza.
This win also marks the Owls 12th consecutive win. The win brings Temples record to 16-3 overall and 6-0 in conference play. Penn drops to 9-6 and 0-4 in the Big 5.
Although Temple won, Penn did not make it easy. Penn came out making the opening shot, but Temple answered with a three pointer from Junior Donnaizha Fountain. From there the Owls went up 9-3, but the Quakers went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 9-9. Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald gave them the lead with a jumper, and Junior Alliya Butts added a three. The Quakers quickly responded with a layup putting them within one at the end of the first quarter.
The Owls came out in the second quarter with a 10-0 run, but again, Penn had 7 unanswered points to keep the game close. By the end of the second quarter, the Owls were only up by 6 points. The third quarter started by a layup from Senior Safyia Martin putting Temple up 37-29. Donnaizha Fountain and Tanya Atkinson both added 3 pointers to keep the teams lead. The Owls continued to keep this much of a lead until the end of the third quarter when the Quakers had come within 1 point of the Owls at 44-43. Although the Quakers did take their first lead in the fourth quarter, it would not last long as the Owls went on a 12-2 run to beat Penn 63-53.
The Owls were led by Junior Donnaizha Fountain who notched a double-double scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Fountain also had a team high 4 steals. Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald had 13 points and 7 assists. Junior Tanaya Atkinson had 9 rebounds and 12 points. Junior Alliya Butts scored 12 points and Senior Ruth Sherrill had 8 rebounds. The Owls were able to hold Penn to 37.3% for field goal shoots and 20% for three pointer shoots.
The Owls will play #23 USF this Sunday at McGonigle Hall at 12pm.