Nov. 30, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Olivia Nash finished with a team-high 16 points and Michele Hayes tallied a career-best 10 points, as the Oakland women's basketball team (1-6) fell to Temple (4-1), 81-57, Saturday afternoon at McGonigle Hall.
"Temple played harder than we did, plain and simple," said head coach Jeff Tungate. "Our effort has become our identity and today we lost our identity. Give Temple credit, they knew how bad we guard on the ball and took advantage of it. They knew how poorly we defend in the post and took advantage of it. We missed uncontested layups and gave them 22 layups on 34 made shots. You can't win basketball games doing that. I guarantee we will regain our identity quickly."
Nash also had a team-best nine rebounds, falling just one short of her fifth double-double of the season. Hayes earns her career-best in points on 3-of-6 shooting and a career-high four free throws. Elena Popkey and Bethany Watterworth each added eight points.
The Owls came out on fire to start the game as they made its first nine field-goal attempts and used a 16-6 run to take a 39-29 lead at the half. Temple shot 50 percent (17-34) in the opening half. Nash scored eight of her 16 points in the first half. OU trailed by as many as 14 in the half but four points by Hayes in the final four minutes cut the Temple lead to 10.
Temple started off the second half as hot as they did to begin the game making six of its first seven shots and used a 25-10 run to jump out to a 64-40 lead. TU outscore the Golden Grizzlies 54-26 in the paint and outrebounded OU 41-33.
Temple's Natasha Thames led all scorers with 21 points as the Owls had three scorers with 18 or more. Erica Covile tallied a game-high 10 rebounds and Tyonna Williams recorded 11 assists.
The Golden Grizzlies will return home on Friday Dec. 6 as they host Manhattan in a non-conference matchup starting at 7 p.m. inside the Athletics Center O'rena.