My Kind of Town
Assistant Coach Dan Durkin returns to the Palumbo Center for the first time since leaving Duquesne two years ago. Durkin led the Dukes from 1993-2007, taking home the 1998 A-10 Coach of the Year Award and finishing as the winningest coach in Duquesne women's basketball history.
Scouting the Owls
All five starters netted double figures to lift Temple to a 95-48 win over Rhode Island Wednesday. The Owls started off on fire and never looked back, jumping out to a quick 19-2 lead. Lindsay Kimmel nailed back-to-back three pointers to push TU's lead to 22 points. The Owls led at intermission by 33 points, 51-18. Kimmel was the top Owl, finishing with a career-high 22 points, including a career-high six three-point buckets. Shenita Landry and Kristen McCarthy followed with double-double performances, each scoring a career-high of 19 points. Landry also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while McCarthy had a career-high 10 boards. LaKeisha Eaddy had a double-double with 12 points and a career-high and Liacouras Center record 12 assists. The last time that a Temple player had a double-double in points and assists was in 1992 when Dallese Jackson had 12 points and 12 assists against Rhode Island. Shanea Cotton rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Landry leads four Owls in double figures with 12.7 ppg and a team-high 9.1 rpg, while Cotton is second with 12.7 ppg. Shaqwedia Wallace is third with 11.3 ppg. Eaddy is fourth with 10.2 ppg and has dished a squad-high 70 assists.
Scouting the Dukes
Duquesne dropped a 82-45 contest Wednesday at #24 Xavier. Kristi Little scored a game-best 21 points for the Dukes. The Dukes started out the game by taking a 12-6 lead. The Musketeers countered with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to take an 18-12 advantage with 12:05 remaining in the half. DU would not recover Little scored the last 11 points of the half for DU who took a 38-23 deficit into halftime.
In the latest Women's RPI Report (1/14), Temple is one of three A-10 teams ranked in the top 50, ranking 50th.
Owls + Kids = Winners
Temple should consider playing all of its games in front of thousands of screaming children, as the Owls are a perfect 7-0 on their School Day. The Cherry and White have also set multiple Liacouras Center records on School Day including field goal percentage (62.2) vs. Charlotte (1/6/06), most points scored in a half (56) against St. Bonaventure (1/13/05), most points scored in a game (95) and field goals made (37) vs. URI (1/14/09) .