Temple knocked down 10 three-pointers and used a game-sealing 9-0 run at the end of the third quarter to defeat Wichita State, 68-52, at McGonigle Hall Saturday afternoon.
Wichita State (11-17, 4-11) lost its fourth straight game and finished the season 0-2 against the Owls. The Shockers missed 12 of their 13 three-point attempts and shot 37 percent for the game.
Temple (10-18, 6-9) poured in 10 triples in 27 tries, while hitting 39.4 percent from the field.
Maya Brewer tallied all 12 of her team-high points in the fourth period to set a new career high. Carla Bremaud added nine points and Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds and swatted three shots.
Alliya Butts scored a game-high 20 points and Marissa Mackins added 18. Butts and Mackins combined to hit eight of Temple’s 10 three-pointers.
Raven Prince scored four of the first six points to put WSU in front 6-5 in the opening minutes, but Temple got hot from outside. The Owls hit four of its first seven attempts from long range to take a 14-8 lead with 3:30 left in the quarter.
Temple would come out of the media timeout and add onto its lead, holding the Shockers scoreless for the final 4:18 to lead 20-8 after 10 minutes of action. The Owls shot 50 percent in the quarter, while WSU hit 4-of-12 attempts to go with seven turnovers.
Bremaud began the second with a triple from the right wing and then Lozada-Cabbage added a 10-footer, but Temple answered back to keep the margin at 12.
Back-to-back buckets in the paint from Asia Henderson followed by a Seraphine Bastin pull-up jumper in transition brought the Shockers within 10, forcing a Temple timeout at the 4:07 mark. Immediately out of the timeout Temple stretched its lead to 34-19 and that would be the score at halftime.
The Owls finished the half shooting 40 percent to Wichita State’s 34.6 percent. From three-point range Temple hit 5-of-15 attempts, while WSU hit only 1-of-6. Four different Shockers led with four points Marissa Mackins paced Temple with 10.
Halfway through the third Temple continued to play with a double-digit lead. After consecutive three-pointers, the Owls took their largest lead to that point, 44-27, with 2:41 remaining in the third period.
Trajata Colbert scored four straight – two at the free throw line and a layup – to make it a 13-point game, but Temple had the answer. The Owls cashed in consecutive three-pointers to make it 50-31. Another Temple three in the final seconds capped a 9-0 run to end the quarter with the Owls leading 53-31.
Brewer tallied the first six points of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 17. Brewer would score all of her points in the fourth, but WSU would come no closer than 16 in the frame.
Wichita State returns to Charles Koch Arena for the final time in 2018-19 when the Shockers host Tulsa for Senior Night on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.