It looks like Britney Jordan has found her groove.
The highly-touted freshman point guard came up big in the women’s basketball team’s last two games, including a 62-61 overtime win yesterday at St. Joe’s Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
Jordan, the reigning Atlantic Ten rookie of the week, poured in 15 points against the Hawks and a career night in a win over Richmond Friday night.
The women’s basketball team is off to their best start in over a decade and leads the A-10 East Division with a 10-7 overall, 6-0 league record. Temple’s largest lead against St. Joe’s was six points, and the win wasn’t sealed until a Candice Dupree layup with 11 seconds left in overtime.
Dupree finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
While the Owls endured a back-and-forth second half against St. Joe’s, they had trouble out of the gate against Richmond.
Temple trailed the Spiders by 14 points late in the first half, but rallied behind Jordan’s 11-for-20 shooting performance to lead the Owls to a 72-70 win. Jordan finished the game with a career-high 27 points.
Junior swingman Ari Moore finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore center Candice Dupree chipped in 11 and 10.
“We’ve been waiting for [Britney] to adjust,” coach Dawn Staley said. “She’s a shooting point guard. She can call her dad now and tell him she finally scored 20 points.”
Instead of pounding the ball inside to Candice Dupree, the Owls opted for more outside looks.
Jordan seemed to hit every three-point shot that mattered most and shot 40-percent from behind the arc.
“Its all from practice and moving it into the game,” Jordan said. “I’m just getting more comfortable with the offense and defense.”
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