PHILADELPHIA – Lights-out shooting from behind the arc culminated in a program-record 14 three-pointers, helping the Temple women’s basketball team cruise to its eighth-straight win, an 84-56 blowout of Richmond (13-8, 4-3). The Owls (15-6, 6-0) got a game and season-high 23 points from Kristen McCarthy along with three other scorers in double figures.
Coming off the bench for the final seven minutes of the game, senior Danielle Brinkley both tied the record and put the Owls over as she went 2-of-3 from three-point range for a career-high six points.
McCarthy was on fire all game long, making all five of her three-point attempts and going 8-of-11 from the field overall. BJ Williams and Shey Peddy scored 12 points apiece, and Marli Bennett finished with 11 including three treys.
Peddy led all players with seven rebounds, a season-high nine assists and a game-high five steals.
Three players scored in double figures for Richmond, led by Crystal Goring with 12 points.
The Owls’ season-high 84 points were also the most points for the team since two seasons ago. Temple shot a season-best 52.7 percent from the field, and finished at 60.9 percent from three-point range (14-of-23).
Temple stormed out of the gate to lead 10-0, and Richmond never came within fewer than seven from that point on. With an eight point, 31-23 lead at 6:27 of the first half, the Owls closed the half on a 15-4 run and led 46-27 at the break.
Four different Temple players hit two three-pointers in the first half as the Owls shot a blistering 72.7 percent (8-of-11).
Temple opened the second half on a 5-0 run to increase their lead to over 20, and took its first 30-point lead by the midway point. The Owls’ largest lead of the contest was 35 at 76-41 with six minutes left in the game.
Along with its rare misses from the field, Temple came close to its best free-throw shooting of the season. The Owls missed just one, going 12-of-13. They also out-rebounded Richmond 39-27.
Temple will remain at home for its next game, an “Education Day” contest at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 2 against Saint Louis.