Owls Too Much for the Tigers in Philly

A report on the Auburn at Temple women's basketball game from Philadelphia is featured.

Philadelphia--Despite 19 points from junior guard Alli Smalley, Auburn fell to 1-1 in women's basketball with a 66-52 loss at Temple on Tuesday night.

The Tigers came out cold shooting the ball, hitting just 7-27 field goals in the first half to trail 34-15 at halftime. Auburn hit 16-28 shots in the second half and cut the margin to nine late at the 8:54 mark, but that was as close as the Tigers would come.

For the second straight game the Tigers struggled at the foul line hitting just 3-13 shots. "The free throws are something we have to get control of," Coach Nell Fortner said. "If we hit our free throws then we are in this game late and have a shot at it."

Fortner didn't like the way the Tigers opened the game. They were out-rebounded by 13 in the first half and finished at minus 14 for the game. "The challenge of having a young team is they have to find themselves and they did not do that in the first half, but they did in the second half and did some good things," she said.

"I thought we came back and fought hard in the second half. We are young, there is nothing you can do about that, but I thought they got some very valuable minutes tonight."

Senior center Keke Carrier, who has been limited by a back injury, was effective off the bench with 12 points. Freshman point guard Morgan Toles, who scored just one point in the opener, contributed nine points and eight assists.

Shaqwedia Wallace led Temple with 19 points.

The Tigers are back in action on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a home game vs. Alabama A&M.

TEMPLE 66, AUBURN 52
AUBURN (1-1) Smalley, Alli 7-14 2-6 19; Carrier, KeKe 6-10 0-2 12; Toles, Morgan 4-7 1-4 9; Thomas, Nicolle 2-4 0-1 4; Greenleaf, Jordan 2-9 0-0 4; Alverson, Blanche 1-7 0-0 2; Hilliard, Chantel 1-2 0-0 2; West, Pascale 0-1 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 3-13 52.

TEMPLE (2-0) WALLACE, Shaqwedia 8-18 1-2 19; MCCARTHY, Kristen 4-9 2-2 10; THAMES, Natasha 3-7 3-4 9; BENNETT, Marli 4-5 0-0 8; WILLIAMS, BJ 2-4 1-2 6; STONE, Jasmine 3-5 0-2 6; WATKINS-DAY, Kristie 2-6 0-2 4; MACAULAY, Victoria 1-2 0-1 2; EADDY, LaKeisha 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 28-61 7-15 66.

Auburn 15 37 52
Temple 34 32 66

3-point goals--Auburn 3-9 (Smalley, Alli 3-5; Thomas, Nicolle 0-1; Alverson, Blanche 0-3).
Temple 3-12 (WALLACE, Shaqwedia 2-5; WILLIAMS, BJ 1-3; EADDY, LaKeisha 0-3; MCCARTHY, Kristen 0-1)
Fouled out--Auburn-None, Temple-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 31 (Toles, Morgan 6), Temple 45 (THAMES, Natasha 10). Assists--Auburn 15 (Toles, Morgan 8), Temple 14 (EADDY, LaKeisha 4).
Total fouls--Auburn 14, Temple 15.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None. Temple-None.


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