WBB Falls to Temple 64-55 in A-10 Quarterfinals
March 3, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Shey Peddy scored 27 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to lead Temple to a 64-55 victory over the Duquesne women's basketball team on Saturday evening in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship.
The teams started off a combined 5-for 19 with seven turnovers heading into the 12-minute media timeout of the first half with the Dukes ahead 10-7. The game would stay close with the Dukes holding the lead until the 2:50 mark when Rateska Brown made a one-and-one to give the Owls a 21-20 lead. However, it was short-lived as Szecsi hit a 3-pointer from the right corner 11 seconds later to regain the lead for DUQ at 23-21. The lead switched hands again with 1:30 left in the half on a B.J. Williams 3-pointer putting TU up 24-25. Carly Vendemia closed out the first half scoring with a driving layup with seven seconds remaining to put Duquesne up 25-24 heading into halftime.
Temple briefly grabbed the lead early in the second half on a Victoria Macaulay layup at 18:16 to make the score 28-27, but Ahjah Hall answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession which started a 12-3 run making the score 39-31 at 14:25.
A Macaulay layup sandwiched between 3-pointers from Petty tied the game at 39-39 at 12:36. B.J. Williams' jumper gave the Owls a 41-39 lead which completed a 10-0 run with 11:41 remaining. DUQ would tie the game twice, but would not be able to take a lead the rest of the way. Duquesne did not hit a field goal for a span of 13:08 until an Agunbiade layup with 1:17 left made the score 54-48. The closest the Dukes would get would be five points with 1:08 remaining in the game.
"I give Temple all the credit in the world. We played a very tough team tonight," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "Coming into this game we knew rebounding would be the difference and we gave up too many on the offensive end. Plus we gave up 20 points off our turnovers. Those two things were the difference in the game."
Temple out rebounded Duquesne 42-32 and 19-7 on the offensive glass.
"We have a never quit mentality, but playing two days in a row fatigue certainly became a factor. We just ran out of gas down the stretch."
Duquesne vs. Temple