CINCINNATI (AP) -- Candice Dupree scored 22 points and
Temple (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) overcame a record-setting performance by Tara Boothe to beat
Xavier 67-62 Sunday.
Dupree, the Owls' leading scorer and reigning Atlantic 10 player
of the week, added eight rebounds to lead Temple to its fourth
Temple (14-4, 5-1) also got 19 points from Kamesha Hairston and
15 from Lady Comfort.
Boothe scored 30 points and set Xavier's scoring record with the
first of two free throws about a minute into the second half,
eclipsing Jo Ann Osterkamp's 22-year-old mark of 2,036 points. Her
second free throw gave Xavier (12-6, 3-4) a 36-29 lead.
After Comfort hit a jumper in the lane to make it 36-33, Xavier
scored the next five points to open a 54-45 lead with 9:58 left.
But layups by Dupree and Fatima Hairston started a 16-2 run that
gave the Owls a 61-56 lead with 5:54 left.
Dupree gave the Owls the lead for good with only the second
3-pointer of her career. The reigning conference defensive player
of the year also blocked five shots.