we really figured out how to break it and made good decisions
The game definitely didn't begin the way women's basketball coach Tonya Cardoza would've liked. Via 4 minutes Auburn's high pressure complete court press defense had the Lady Owls on the ropes, thankfully the game is 40 minutes lengthy.
As soon as the Owls settled down following the very first timeout it was all Temple because the Owls went on to defeat the Auburn Tigers 73-57. The Owl's had been reeling for the very first couple of minutes, but Cardoza knew as soon as her team calmed down and refocused that issues could be fine.
We lose focus, we had just talked about how we would break the press and we made bad decisions,Cardoza said. Following the very first time out we really figured out how to break it and made good decisions, which forced them to go away from the press until the last couple of minutes.
By the time Auburn would go back to the press though it could be to late as senior guard Shey Peddy would just be finishing up on her Temple career-high 27 points. Peddy also added, six rebounds and five steals, one of which gave the Owls a huge momentum boost going into the break.
With the 12 seconds remaining in the very first half Temple lead by 12, but the team wasn't satisfied with the lead. Before time expired, Peddy assisted on a three pointer by freshman guard Tyonna Williams, then managed to steal the inbounds pass, and set up a three pointer by junior forward Brittany Lewis with three seconds remaining. Peddy said she felt great as soon as her initial shot fell.
I felt good, one the very first one went in it felt like they all started falling and our team got the job done,Peddy said.
Peddy also added that this was a huge win coming off of a five-game losing streak in which she felt her play was sub-par.
I wanted to give my all, the past couple of games a haven't played my best, I wanted to step up and go as hard as I can.
The Owls will now look to carry this momentum into a stretch of tough games home games beginning with Kent State on Tuesday, followed by games over the break week against UCLA, Villanova, and national powerhouse Duke.