Women’s Basketball Steals a 72-58 Road Win at Northeastern
Owls record 14 steals while forcing 27 turnovers to improve to 2-0 for the season
BOSTON, Mass. – Scoring 40 points on 27 Northeastern turnovers, the Temple women’s basketball team (2-0) earned a 72-54 road win against the Huskies (0-2) on Tuesday night at Solomon Court. With her Boston home crowd supporting her, Temple senior Shey Peddy led all players with 20 points including 4-of-8 behind the arc. Peddy also led all players with five assists and four steals.
Brittany Lewis, who had set a career high in points in the Owls’ first win, followed it up with new career highs of 18 points and eight rebounds in the second win. Kristen McCarthy also scored in double figures for a second straight game with 16 points.
Jewel Tunstall led Northeastern with 16 points and six rebounds. The Huskies also got 14 points from Deanna Kerkhof and 11 from Jamie Conroy.
In an extremely fast-paced first half, the Huskies hit 3-of-5 from behind the arc in the first eight minutes and took a 17-11 lead, aided by three layups from Tunstull.
With the margin still at six and Northeastern leading 19-13, Lewis followed a jumper with a three-pointer to start what would become a 15-0 Temple run over the next three and a half minutes.
Peddy kept the run going with a steal and old-fashioned three-point play on the ensuing fastbreak layup, giving Temple its first lead at 21-19. McCarthy hit a jumper to follow and Peddy scored another layup before McCarthy capped the run with a three-pointer. At that point the Owls had a nine-point lead, 28-19, which would be their largest lead of the half.
Temple forced six turnovers during the run and would finish the half scoring 19 points off 13 Northeastern turnovers, while committing just seven of their own off which NU managed just three points.
The Huskies hit a pair of treys down the stretch to keep Temple from pulling away any further, but the Owls still led 34-28 at the break. Peddy had 12 points at the half to lead all scorers, while McCarthy finished the period with 10.
Temple scored the first four points of the second half to lead by 10, and held Northeastern to just one field goal in the first five minutes.
With an 11-point, 47-36 lead at 15:11, Natasha Thames scored a put-back followed by the second three-pointer of the game for Lewis, giving the Owls their first 16-point lead, 52-36 at 14:19. Peddy’s fourth three-pointer four minutes later had Temple back at 16.
Tyonna Williams hit a trey to give Temple a 20-point lead with nine minutes remaining, but from there Northeastern rallied with a 9-0 run to narrow the margin to 11, 65-54 with 4:43 left.
McCarthy put an end to the run and effectively put an end to the Huskies’ hopes of a comeback, scoring back-to-back fastbreak layups to widen the margin back to 15 with four minutes remaining, and the Huskies came no closer until the final seconds.
Although Temple shot just 41 percent from the field to Northeastern’s 47.5 percent and was also out-rebounded 33-30, the Owls’ 14 steals made the difference as the Huskies finished with just six. Temple has now forced 53 total turnovers in its first two games while committing only 24 of its own.
Temple’s road swing continues this weekend as the Owls travel to #24/25 Ohio State for a 6:00 p.m. game on Friday and to Northern Illinois for a 4:30 p.m. (EST) game on Sunday.