2018 Girls’s Basketball Championship First Spherical – Temple Postgame Interviews

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Tanaya Atkinson and Emani Mayo mixed for 44 factors, as No. 11-seeded Temple defeated No. 6-seeded Wichita State 72-59 within the opening recreation of the 2018 Aaron’s American Athletic Convention Girls’s Basketball Championship Saturday at Mohegan Solar Area.

Temple (12-18), which had dropped six of its final seven video games getting into the event, advances to the quarterfinal spherical for the second straight season, the place the Owls will face No. Three-seeded UCF Sunday at midday ET on ESPN3.

Wichita State, which rode a four-game successful streak into the event, noticed its first season within the American Athletic Convention finish with a 14-17 report.

?Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza collected her 200th profession win, because the Owls shot 47 p.c from the sphere.

Atkinson, who was named a first-team all-conference choice Friday, led all scorers with 24 factors on 9-of-19 taking pictures to go together with seven rebounds. Mayo, poured in 20 factors with six assists and 6 rebounds in her first profession postseason recreation.

Temple held Wichita State to taking pictures 29 p.c from the ground within the opening quarter, as Mykia Jones drained a Three-pointer within the closing 21 seconds to provide her facet a 15-11 edge on the first intermission. The Owls carried the momentum into the second interval, utilizing a 13-7 run to broaden out to a 10-point lead.

Nonetheless, the Shockers went on a 10-Zero run of their very own, fueled by two discipline targets from Cesaria Ambrosio to tie the sport at 28-28. Temple then scored six straight within the closing minute with Atkinson driving by means of visitors for a layup within the closing seconds of the primary half, because the Owls led 34-28 on the break.

Temple refused to look again from there, as Mia Davis scored within the paint with 28 seconds left within the third quarter to provide the Owls a cushty 58-47 benefit. Temple pulled away within the closing body and led by as many as 15 to seize the first-round victory.

Rangie Bessard ended the sport with 23 factors for the Shockers and was the one Wichita State participant to hit for double figures.

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