Senior guard Shey Peddy has been named the Atlatntic Ten Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the year, becoming the first player to win both awards since Temple’s own Candace Dupree did so in 2005 and 2006.
Peddy finished second in the conference with 17 points per game, second in steals with 3.1 per game, fifth in assist-to-turnover ration with 1.6, and third with 60 three-pointers.
Peddy’s numbers spiked during conference play as she helped lead the Owls to a 13-1 record in the A-10, good enough for the tournament’s second seed. She led the A-10conference season with 18.6 points per game and was first in assist-to-turnover ratio with2.5, second in steals with 3.1 per game, and sixth in assists with 3.8 per game.
Peddy beat out Dayton’s Justine Raterman (14.7 points per game), both of whom alsoreceived A-10 All-Conference first team honors. Richmond’s Abby Oliver and St.Bonaventure’s Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove round out the first team.
A four-time A-10 Player of the Week this season, Peddy also won the United States Basketball Writers Association’s National Player of the Week. She was also a candidate for the preseason Naismith Award watch, for the nation’s 35 best players.
She wasn’t the only Owl to receive conference honors. Senior guard Kristen McCarthy was named to A-10 Second Team for the second consecutive year. She was named to thefirst team in her sophomore year and the All-Rookie Team in 2008-09.
Peddy and McCarthy lead the Owls to action in the A-10 Conference Tournament, hosted by St. Joseph’s at Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena, on Saturday in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. They face the winner of the Duquesne vs. George Washington game. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.
The Owls (13-8, 6-1 Atlantic Ten Conference) defeated St. Joseph’s 80-70, as three Temple players scored at least 20 points. The Hawks (14-7, 4-3 A-10) hosted the Owls at the Hagan Arena, which is also the arena for the A-10 Tournment held on March 2-5.
Senior guards Shey Peddy and Kristen McCarthy scored 26 and 21 points, respectively, while junior center Victoria Macaulay added a career-high 21 points. The trio of scorers marked the first time in program history that three players scored 20 or more points in a single game since 1989.
In addition, senior guard BJ Williams had nine assists for the Owls. The Maryland native reached a milestone 100 assists for the season, which is a career-high for her during a single season.
Senior guards Kristen McCarthy and Shey Peddy carried the Owls on their backs Sunday afternoon at the Liacouras Center to give the women’s basketball team their fifth straight win, defeating Charlotte 65-55.
The senior duo scored 22 of the Owls first 24 points to push the team out to a 17-point lead early in the first half and never looked back. McCarthy finished with a game-high 23 and Peddy with 22.
McCarthy also collected a game-high ten rebounds, earning her fourth double-double of the year. She also led the team with four steals in 38 minutes of action for the starting forward.
Peddy added to her overall impressive statistics by dishing out six assists, grabbing seven rebounds, and connecting on four shots from beyond the arc.
The key stat of the game was the turnover battle as the Owls forced 20 while only committing 10 themselves. They also outscored the 49ers 20-6 in points off turnovers. Temple didn’t get any points off the bench as the reserves missed on all four field goal attempts but it didn’t matter as Peddy and McCarthy were already in double figures in scoring in the first ten minutes.
The Owls jumped out to a 24-7 lead thanks to some hot shooting but the 49ers were able to close the defecit to seven by the half. Peddy and McCarthy finished the half scoring 38 of the team’s 41 points combined. Peddy hit seven of eight from the field in the first half.
Both teams hot shooting cooled off in the second half with Temple and Charlotte shooting 29 and 23 percent, respectively. Charlotte did cut the lead down to four with a three-pointer to start the half but Temple countered with an 11-0 run to stretch it back out to 15, 52-37. The 49ers made a small counter themselves outscoring the Owls 8-2 over the next few minutes to bring it to 54-45 around the halfway mark of the half. Two lay-ups gave the Owls a 13-point lead but both teams failed to score for the next several minutes. An 8-0 run by Charlotte made it 60-53 with three and a half minutes to go but it wouldn’t get any closer than that.
The win pushed Temple to 12-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play. That puts them in third place in the Atlantic 10 conference behind Dayton and St. Bonaventure. The Owls will play inner-city rival St. Josephs next on Wednesday, February 1.
In a preseason poll released by The Sporting News, Temple ranks No. 22 in the nation. Connecticut, a team that defeated the Owls 90-36 in the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament, is No. 1.
Joe Perez, who wrote the preview, had this to say about the Owls:
“Flying under the radar in the Atlantic 10 are the Owls, who lost five games a year ago to teams that finished the season ranked in the top 10. Now battle-tested, Temple brings back three starters from a unit that played hard-nosed defense and caused headaches for bigger names in the sport.
Still, Temple will need to produce more offense if it wants to go beyond the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All-Atlantic 10 performer Kristen McCarthy is back, but she can’t be expected to do all of the heavy lifting. Qwedia Wallace went from full-time reserve to part-time starter last year and posted nearly identical numbers. Junior BJ Williams and sophomore Natasha Thames will assume bigger roles this season.”
The Owls open their season at home on Nov. 12 against No. 7 Ohio State.
President Obama was wrong.
No. 6 Arizona State defeated No. 11 Temple in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 66-57, in Miami. The president, among others, expected Temple to upset ASU and advance to the second round.
Stay with B&C and temple-news.com for updates from Miami, in addition to the women’s team’s shot in the Tournament from Storrs, Conn., on Sunday.