During the winter break, Owls’ women’s basketball was victorious in four of their seven contests, including two out of three Atlantic Ten Conference victories. However, entering the Atlantic Ten showdown against visiting Duquense on Wednesday Jan. 18, the Owls entered tip-off with 120 consecutive minutes – three entire home games – without leading an opponent at home. The Owls have not held a lead against a visitor since they defeated UCLA at McGonigle Hall, 59-53 on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011. In those three consecutive home defeats, the Owls could not buy a timely basket when their opponents opened the doors for comebacks. Also, starting center Joelle Connolly did not see action in two of those three home defeats, which Connolly dressed, but sat on the bench without any known reason in Temple’s 56-47 Big-Five home defeat against Villanova on Dec. 22, 2011. Connolly was seen sporting a different Temple jacket than her teammates while wearing protective glasses and watched her teammates fall short, 74-65, against visiting St. Bonaventure on Wednesday Jan. 11. Tonya Cardoza must discover techniques to overcome the Broad Street woes in order to make a 10th consecutive trip to the big dance.
Scott Samuel David Weiss
Temple Class of 2015