Fitzgerald Powers Women's Basketball to Comeback Win at Memphis
The Temple women's basketball team rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to record a 58-57 win over Memphis on the road on Sunday. The victory starts the Owls at 1-0 in the American Athletic Conference (5-8 overall), while Memphis dips to 0-1 in conference, 6-6 overall.
Sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald scored all 14 of her points in the second half, sparking a late Temple comeback. Memphis had led for over 34 minutes before Temple finally went ahead on a pair of Fitzgerald free throws. The Owls later got a huge insurance three from junior Erica Covile and held on for the win.
Fitzgerald, who did not score in the first half, credits a half time pep talk from Coach Tonya Cardoza for the turnaround. "The first half my shots weren't falling, but in the locker room at the half, coach told me, just be confident and keep shooting," noted Fitzgerald. "So in the second half, when they started falling, I gained confidence and on top of that, our team was hungry for a win, so it just clicked."
Senior Tyonna Williams had a team-high 16 points, including a pair of free throws down the stretch to help seal the victory. Fitzgerald added a pair of steals to her 14 points, while Covile had her second-straight double-double with 12 points and a career-best 13 rebounds. Rounding out the numbers for the Owls, freshmen Alliya Butts (six points, three assists, two steals), Tanaya Atkinson (nine rebounds, five points), and Khadijah Berger (game-high four assists), all helped bolster the Temple box score.