2/4/2023 | 2pm
04 February (Sat) / 2pm
PHILADELPHIA – A bad night of shooting marred a career night for Trajata Colbert, as Wichita State fell, 72-59, to Temple Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center.
Wichita State (13-9, 3-6) shot a season-worst 27.8% from the field, most of those errors coming in the field right near the basket. Wichita State have lost their last four meetings against the Owls.
Colbert recorded his fourth double-double of the season behind career highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds. DJ McCarty and Shamaryah Duncan each added 10 points, but were a combined 7-of-27 from the field. Jane Asinde added eight points and 12 rebounds.
Temple connected on 46.4% of attempts, including a score of 8-for-19 from long range. Wichita State was only 2-for-11 from three-point range. Wichita State grabbed a season-high 25 offensive rebounds and outscored the Owls, 50-36, but only converted those offensive rebounds into 15 points.
Wichita State dug themselves an early hole, down 15-6, after missing 12 of their first 15 attempts from the field, while Temple went 7-for-12. McCarty’s consecutive threes gave the Shockers some life , but the Owls would still take an 18-12 lead into the second.
The Shockers finished the first quarter only 5 for 21.
Wichita State’s offensive struggles did not go away in the second quarter, but a 6-0 run at the end of the half sent the Shockers into the locker room trailing by seven, 35-28, after trailing by as many as 13.
McCarty capped off the Shockers’ 6-0 victory in the final minutes with a fade-out jumper just before time ran out.
Wichita State finished the half just 11-of-39 from the field (28%) compared to Temple who hit 50% of his attempts. Both teams committed just seven turnovers, but Temple was able to capitalize on Wichita State’s turnovers. The Owls scored nine straight points from Wichita State errors.
Colbert managed to assert herself down low, scoring 10 points in the first half. McCarty was right behind at eight.
Temple opened the second half red hot, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the first 1:30, quickly extending the margin to 14. After turning the ball over just seven times in the entire first half, Wichita State had six in the first 6: 20 of the third quarter.
Down by 11 with under 2:00 minutes left in the third, Temple hit a wide open corner trey and drive layup to make the game 57-41.
The Owls extended their lead to 18 on their first possession of the quarter, but would go scoreless over the next 4:09 allowing Wichita State to cut the lead. A 9-0 run dropped Wichita State into single digits after two free throws by Asinde.
Temple came out of his drought on his next possession to make it a 12-point play.
Again, Wichita State made another push, clawing within seven after a three-point play by Colbert with still 2:30 to play. Unfortunately, that would be as close as it gets. Wichita State did not score the rest of the game.
Wichita State welcomes Memphis to Charles Koch Arena on Saturday, February 4 for National Day for Girls and Women in Sports.