Temple wins thrilling A-10 opener
McCarthy led all players with 22 points
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Qwedia Wallace hit a jumper with five seconds left to give the Temple women’s basketball team a one-point lead, and then iced the victory with two free throws on the Owls’ next possession to give Temple a 60-57 win in the Atlantic 10 opener at Charlotte (12-4, 0-1). The fast-paced and thrilling game took place in front of a deafening crowd of 3,536 school-age children at Halton Arena.
Kristen McCarthy led all players with 22 points as Temple (9-6, 1-0) defeated a Charlotte team that finished the non-conference season with a record of 12-3.
McCarthy added a team-high nine rebounds and three steals to her performance. She would appear to have Charlotte’s number after scoring a program-record 42 points in a win vs. the 49ers last season.
Wallace finished with 10 points and a team-high four assists. Shannon McCallum was the leader for Charlotte with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while the 49ers’ Jennifer Hailey led all players with 12 boards.
The Owls committed just eight turnovers in the contest compared to Charlotte's 18, and were able to score 24 points off turnovers to the 49ers' eight. Balancing that statistic to some degree was Charlotte's dominance on the glass as the 49ers out-rebounded Temple 49-38 and scored 14 second-chance points to Temple's seven.