PHILADELPHIA – Shooting a school-record 81.8 percent from three-point range and a season-best 56.4 percent overall, the Temple women’s basketball team won its ninth-straight game in an 82-48 rout of Saint Louis (7-15, 1-6).
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,151 at the Liacouras Center, made up primarily of local elementary school students for Temple’s ninth annual “School Day” game, the Owls (16-6, 7-0) were led by Qwedia Wallace with 23 points. Shey Peddy scored 19 points and added a game-high eight rebounds.
Temple had set the program record for three-pointers in a game with 14 in its last win against Richmond on Jan. 29. The Owls followed that up by going 9-of-11 behind the arc against the Billikens to break a record that has held since the Owls were 7-for-11 in game vs. George Washington on Dec. 28, 1987.
Wallace shot 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-4 behind the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Peddy was nearly perfect all around going 8-of-10 overall including both trey attempts and her only free throw attempt.
Marli Bennett tied her season high with 14 points and set a career high with four blocks, while Kristen McCarthy added 11 points and five rebounds.
Lorreal Jones and Mallory Eggert paced Saint Louis with 10 points apiece.
After an early tie at 6-6, Temple went on an 8-0 run to pull away and the Owls never looked back. With 50 percent shooting from the field in the first half including 5-of-6 from behind the arc, Temple would go on to lead by 20.
The Owls’ first double-digit lead came on a three-pointer from Peddy, who hit both attempts in the first half and scored 10 points. Wallace led all players with 14 points at halftime.
Temple’s fast break was extremely effective all game long, and in the first half the Owls scored 13 fast break points while the Billikens had none. Peddy hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer from well behind the arc to close the half and give the Owls a 20-point, 40-20 lead at the break.
After Saint Louis scored the first bucket of the second half, the Owls used an 11-2 run to lead by 27, 51-24 at 16:07.
Temple got its first 30-point lead on a Peddy layup with 6:22 remaining in the game. The Billikens cut the margin to 26 with two and a half minutes left, but the Owls closed the game on an 8-0 run.
Temple will play its next two games on the road, starting with a 2:00 p.m. contest this Saturday, Feb. 5 at Duquesne.