By: Marvin Chambers:| 4.0 Sports Media
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia-After the loss to UConn last 97-69 the Owls traveled to Louisiana to play the Tulane in which Junior Donnaizha had a career day and Temple’s defense picked up the intensity in the second half to topple the Green Wave 76-50 on Sunday.
Fountain finished the contest with 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 steals, eclipsing career-high in points and steals. Temple allowed 26 first-period points, held the Green Wave to just 24 points between the final three periods.
The Owls motto each game is to keep the defense intensity up and guard the perimeter with vengeance. Temple toppled Tulsa (8-16 overall with a 3-7 mark in the American Athletic Conference) 70-43 in front of 3,402 youth day fans. The Owls are now 18-5 overall with an 8-2 mark in the American Athletic Conference play.
Donnaizha Fountain inserted her dominance in the paint with 9 points (3-6) shooting, 4 rebounds, and a steal to jumpstart the Owls offense giving Temple a 19-10 in the first period. Tulsa’s Ebony Parker drained 2 three pointers from the right perimeter early and made the Owls’ defense pay more attention to her for the rest of the game.
“The last couple of games coming I think coming out of the half our third quarter defense has been remarkable I cant ask for a better job to be able to hold them to 7 points in the quarter and going to 4th to I think they had 2 points up until 3:30 that is a credit to our defense. I like the way our guys coming out at the half and really focusing on the defensive side but overall I think great team effort and great win for us.” Temple Head Coach Tonya Cardoza.
The Golden Hurricane Erika Wakefield and Ebony Parker kept Tulsa close with back to back treys to get the Golden Hurricanes close 27-20 with 4:19 left to play in the second period but Tulsa immediately went stone cold and played very sloppy turning the ball 10 times resulting transition points for the Owls. Temple went on a 6-0 to close out the half with a 40-22 lead.
Temple held Tulsa to just 22.2% from the field, while forcing 16 turnovers out of the Golden Hurricane. On the other side of the ball, The Owls shot 38.8% from the field, turning over the ball just six times, a season low for Temple.
Junior Donnaizha Fountain led the Owls in scoring for the second-straight game, tallying 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald flirted with the first triple-double in Owls history, but finished the afternoon with 14 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Junior Alliya Butts chipped in double-digit as well with 12 points, while teammates Khadijah Berger and Tanaya Atkinson each tallied nine points in the lopsided win.
Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald was announced as one of the finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, as the top women’s point guard in the country. Fitzgerald also joined an elite group of players earlier this season, being named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association watch list for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Year Award.
The Owls will travel to East Carolina on Saturday to play the East Carolina Pirates and it will be a 5:00 pm game start.