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Women’s Basketball Returns to Liacouras Center for Big 5 Matchup Against Penn – Temple

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PHILADELPHIA – The Temple women’s basketball team (3-5) returns to The Liacouras Center this Sunday to host Big 5 rival, the UPenn Quakers (6-4). This will be Temple’s first home game in nearly three weeks and final Big 5 home game. The game will stream on ESPN+ and The Varsity Network App. Tickets are available to purchase at OwlsTix.com.


> Toy Drive: It is Temple women’s basketball’s annual toy drive game. Fans are encouraged to bring any new or gently used toys to The Liacouras Center, all donations benefit Shriners Hospital.

> Post-game autographs: Post game autographs with Temple student-athletes will be held on the concourse following the game.

> Series Shootout: One lucky student will get the chance to try a halfcourt shot for $10,000 at halftime.

LAST TIME OUT: Temple 78 vs Pacific 79 (Brainn January Classic)

> Temple lost a heartbreaker to Pacific in the second game of the Briann January Classic. The Owls blew out Xavier, 78-41 in game one for its largest margin of victory ever over a BIG EAST opponent.

> After falling behind by 16 points in the second, Temple rallied for 31 4th quarter points, its largest single quarter since scoring the same number against Xavier on 11-14-19.

> Down by five points with 12 seconds left, Tiarra East stole Pacific’s inbounds pass and found an open Tarriyonna Gary in the corner to bring things within two. Pacific attempted to call timeout but had none remaining. Aleah Nelson went 1-2 from the stripe to bring the lead down to just one point. The guard missed the jumper with two seconds on the clock.


> Nelson leads Temple in scoring with 10.8 ppg. She ranks second in the AAC in assists per game (5.0). Nelson’s 495 career assists rank 3rd in Temple history, she lies only five away from 500. Nelson ranks 11th in Division I among active players in assists.

> Ines Piper leads the squad in rebounding, pulling down 6.4 per game. The French forward also is scoring 7.6 ppg and is blocking 1.4 shots per contest (8th AAC).

> Freshman guard Tristen Taylor has impressed this season. She ranks 4th on the team with 8.2 ppg and has reached in double figures in three of the last four games. Taylor leads the American in three-point percentage (.529).

> The NCAA released the first edition of the NET rankings this season on Monday. Temple checks in at 4th among AAC teams.


> Last season, the Quakers were a strong 17-12 squad, finishing fourth in the IVY League. The team earned its first WNIT berth since the 2018-19 season. They fell in the first round at Richmond.

> Penn is 6-4 this year. The team has been notably inconsistent, winning games by an average of 18 points and losing games by an average of 23.5. They are 1-2 in Big 5 games.

> A trio of Quakers standout as players to watch. Stina Almqvist leads the team in points, with 16.1 per game while also contributing 6.4 rebounds. Forward Jordan Obi is coming off back-to-back 20+ point game double-doubles. She is putting down 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Finally, freshman Mataya Gail has impressed with 14.5 points per game.

> Mike McLaughlin has won his entire career. He has a 641-214 record in his career. McLaughlin had seven straight 20 win seasons from 2013-2020 and has had four straight NCAA Tournament appearances at Penn.


> Temple and Penn have met 73 times in their history. The Owls are 52-21. Penn is Temple’s most played opponent of all time.

> TU won nine straight matches between 2004-2013. In recent years, the series has been more even, with Penn taking three of the last five.

> The two met in the Cathedral of College Basketball just over a year ago. Tiarra East and Penn’s Kayla Padilla had a Big 5 battle for the ages, with East scoring 23 points and Padilla grabbing 28. The Owls fell by just one point, 62-61.


> Temple will play its second straight home game as the Owls host regional rival Delaware on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. The game will stream on ESPN+ and the Varsity Network App. Tickets are available to purchase at Owlstix.com.


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