Feb. 20, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Dayton women's basketball team put the No. 17 (AP, No. 19 Coaches') Temple Owls in the hole, but couldn't hang on to the upset, falling at the Liacouras Center, 69-58, Sunday afternoon. Cara Wright recorded her third-straight double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Jennifer Strong had 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting.
The Flyers fall to 11-14 overall, 5-9 in the Atlantic 10, while Temple moves to 22-3 and 14-0 in the A-10. Candice Dupree scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half to lead the Owls.
Dayton held Temple to just seven field goals in the first half (7-of-21, .333) as the Owls trailed for the first time at the half since December 21.
The Flyers opened up a 6-3 lead when Terri Ramsey penetrated and dished off to Wright. Wright had seven of the Flyers' first nine points and Dayton held Temple to just one field goal in the first eight minutes for a 9-5 lead.
Wright and Angela Cape scored inside baskets as UD extended the lead to 13-9. Dupree converted an `and-one' for Temple to pull within a point before Cape scored again to give UD a 15-14 lead with 7:03 to go in the first. After a Wright free-throw, Ari Moore scored four-straight points for the Owls to tie the game at 16.
After Karah Cloxton's jumper tied it at 18-18, Temple took a 21-18 lead before Jennifer Strong knocked down a triple to tie the game. Cape answered an Owl bucket and back-to-back jumpers by Strong gave UD a 27-26 lead at the half.
Wright led all scorers at half with 10 points with seven rebounds, while Strong had seven points. Dayton opened the second half with a 5-0 run on a deuce from Wright and three from Strong. Dupree answered with four points, but Ramsey knocked down a jumper from the free-throw line to put UD up 36-32 four minutes into the second.
A three-ball from Cynthia Jordan put Temple on top 37-36 and Temple stretched the lead to four before a baseline jumper from Strong made it 41-38 Owls with 12:58 remaining.
Temple pulled ahead by six before Strong hit another three that made it 44-41, but the Owls surged ahead to a 50-41 lead.
Dayton trailed by as many as 13 before Cloxton scored six of her career-high eight points. The Flyers brought it to within eight on back-to-back baskets from Wright. But the Owls closed it out for their 19th-straight win.
The Flyers fall to 0-3 in 2004-05 versus Top 25 opponents. Dayton fell to current No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Notre Dame earlier this season. UD's last win over a ranked opponent was November 28, 2001, when the Flyers scored a 56-53 win over No. 25 Maryland at UD Arena behind 16 points from Stefanie Miller.
Dayton returns home for a pair of TV games next weekend, with St. Bonaventure on Friday at 7:00 p.m. on Time Warner TV, and Richmond on Sunday at noon on Atlantic 10 Television.