SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – With an explosive second-half run over a six-minute span, Seton Hall (1-1) pulled away for good, handing the Temple women’s basketball team its second loss of the season by a score of 72-59. The Owls (0-2) never trailed in the first half, but the Pirates’ Jasmine Crew scored 14 second-half points to lead her team to its first win of the year.
Qwedia Wallace, Natasha Thames and Kristen McCarthy all scored 13 points to lead Temple. Thames notched a double-double by adding a career-high 12 rebounds and also led all players with four steals.
The Owls never trailed in the first half, but also rarely led by more than one or two possessions. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes, Temple’s pace slowed.
The Owls missed opportunities to increase their lead as they were just 4-of-12 from the free throw line, but Wallace kept Temple in it with eight first-half points including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Seton Hall tied the score on one occasion, 20-20 with 5:46 remaining, but the Owls went on to take a 30-26 lead into the break.
Crew scored nine points in the first five minutes of the second half to give Seton Hall a lead, and with Temple down 44-41 at 14:01, Seton Hall exploded offensively. The Pirates used an 18-2 run to take a 19-point, 62-43 lead with 8:15 remaining.
After committing only six turnovers in the first half, Temple did not take care of the ball in the second and finished the game with 21 total turnovers.
Temple was able to keep the margin from widening down the stretch, but the Owls never again trailed by fewer than 10 points.
Fouls and free throw shooting have proved costly for the Owls in both games so far this season. Seton Hall went 24-of-35 at the charity stripe, including making 22 of those in the second half. Temple was just 13-of-24 at the line.
The Owls will return home for their next two games. First up is a 7:00 p.m. match-up against Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in McGonigle Hall.