With two minutes and 16 seconds remaining within the first quarter, Temple College ladies’s basketball senior ahead Mia Davis knocked down a leap shot to tie the Owls’ recreation in opposition to the College of South Carolina at 14-14.
The Gamecocks adopted Davis’ basket with an 11-point run, constructing a lead they’d by no means relinquish, routing Temple in what would develop into a more-than-60 level loss.
The Gamecocks (5-1, 0-0 South Japanese Convention), ranked fifth within the Associated Press Top 25 poll, defeated the Owls (0-3, 0-0 The American Athletic Convention) 103-41, in a recreation the place Temple was unable to get a cease on protection and solely shot 14 p.c from the sphere within the second half.
“That was clearly not one thing that I’m happy with,” mentioned Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza. “I felt like that was a waste of time. , we didn’t compete the way in which that I believed we’d. They usually simply completely kicked our ass.”
Gamecocks sophomore guard Zia Cooke had 12 first quarter factors on her option to a game-high 23 factors. Cooke made 5 3-pointers whereas capturing a blistering 71 p.c from behind the arc.
“I form of figured it was gonna be a fairly good evening, simply based mostly on the week that I had,” Cooke mentioned. “When my confidence is there, I normally understand it’s going to be a fairly good evening.”
Davis scored 17 factors to steer the Owls, whereas senior guard Emani Mayo added 11 factors.
Davis, who was averaging 28 factors per recreation over the group’s first two contests, was held in verify capturing simply 6-16 from the sphere.
Each Davis and junior ahead Alexa Williamson picked up three first-half fouls, stifling any alternative to maintain tempo with South Carolina, Cardoza mentioned.
“They didn’t play their regular minutes,” mentioned South Carolina head coach Daybreak Staley. “In the event that they have been to play their regular minutes, they are often actually impactful.”
Temple was unable to get into offensive units and turned the ball over 18 instances whereas solely making 14 complete pictures from the sphere.
South Carolina scored 30 factors off of Temple turnovers whereas the Owls solely scored 4 factors off turnovers.
“We don’t have that chief on the guard place that may seize all people and huddle them collectively and preserve all people composed,” Cardoza mentioned.
Foul bother pressured the Owls to make use of a zone protection for the primary time this season. The Gamecocks took benefit by capturing 8-22 from 3-point vary and scoring 54 factors within the paint.
South Carolina dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Temple 54-30, together with 19 offensive rebounds for 20 second probability factors.
“I simply felt like right now, extra so than ever, that we actually didn’t compete,” Cardoza mentioned. “I simply felt like we stop. And we didn’t, we weren’t assured in ourselves, we weren’t assured in what we have been presupposed to do.”
Lack of expertise on the guard place damage Temple, with freshman Jasha Clinton and sophomore Asonah Alexander combining for 2-16 capturing for 5 factors and eight turnovers.
“We don’t have that particular person on the defensive aspect ensuring that we’re doing the issues that we’re presupposed to be doing,” Cardoza mentioned. “When issues hit the fan, it’s like we lose focus, and now we have to seek out methods to ensure after we’re drained when groups go on a run that we keep composed.”
Temple will host Southern Methodist (0-5, 0-1 The American) in its convention opener on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.