PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Candice Dupree was ready for the
physical play of No. 9 Rutgers.
Dupree scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:48
left, and Temple (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) upset the Scarlet Knights
48-47 Thursday night.
"We were more prepared to deal with their physical play this
year," Dupree said. "I think we caught them off guard with our
The Owls (13-4) had to rally late after Rutgers had taken a
five-point lead and seemed to have the momentum. With the Scarlet
Knights (12-3) ahead 44-39 with 6:14 left, Temple played
deliberately on offense to get good shots and slowly whittled the
Kamesha Hairston hit a free throw to make it 44-40. Rutgers,
which had several cold shooting spells, missed twice before Fatima
Maddox, who led the Owls with 15 points, hit a jumper to cut the
lead to 44-42. A Rutgers turnover gave the ball back to the Owls,
and Maddox hit a jumper to tie the game.
Dupree scored to give Temple the lead, and Lady Comfort's layup
with 5 seconds left made it 48-44. Cappie Pondexter hit a 3-pointer
at the buzzer for Rutgers.
"Our players needed a wakeup call," Temple coach Dawn Staley
said. "They can't know how good they can be until they beat a team
of this caliber. We had to drive to the basket and we had to
exploit their [Rutgers] inability to stop us."
Temple scored 26 points in the paint.
The Owls fell behind midway through the first half 24-14, but
closed the half on a 17-3 run, then scored the first four points of
the second half to take a 31-24 lead. Rutgers, which had trouble
getting inside and couldn't get its running game going early,
finally broke out as Pondexter triggered a 16-8 run with nine of
her game-high 19 points as the Scarlet Knights went ahead 40-39.