Written by: Liam Andell
Temple Women’s basketball fell to the Wichita State Shockers 85-75 on Wednesday evening at McGonigle Hall.
The Owls started off strong commanding the paint and edging out the Shockers on the glass 13 to 6.
Despite a 23-15 lead in the first quarter, the Owls were not able to maintain strong play throughout the rest of the game.
The second quarter was the downfall for Temple in this matchup. Being outscored 24-9 the Owls were only able muster up ten shots at a dismal 30 percent clip in the quarter. Wichita State shot 53 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Wichita State played an aggressive full-court press in the second quarter. This gave Temple fits all over the court. The Owls turned the ball over 11 times leading to 16 points for the Shockers.
The offense picked up in the 2nd half for the Owls but that wasn’t enough to hold a lead at any point in the second half. Wichita State’s offense was electric, especially from beyond the arc. The Shockers shot 56 percent from three point range, connecting on 15 of 27 attempts.
Bench points were another aspect of the game that Wichita State dominated in. Outscoring Temple 43-12 in the contest. Five different Shockers scored double figures in tonights game, 3 of which came from their bench.
Temple had a few positive takeaways from tonights game.
Ashley Jones put up 24 points on the night and shot 47 percent from the field.
Asonah Alexander brought a strong presence off the bench by scoring 12 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
This loss drops the Owls down to 13-9 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
Temple’s next game will be on Sunday, February 9 at 12:00 PM as they travel to take on USF.