The Lady Tigers (1-24) struggled from the floor on Tuesday, getting some good early looks at the bucket, but shots simply weren’t falling. All six of Temple’s points in the opening half came from the free-throw line, as it trailed 26-6 at the break. The Lady Tigers finally broke through with a field goal on a Shelby Higdon jumper with 3:05 remaining in the third quarter.
Temple coach Rhett Parson noted that getting consistent offensive production had been an issue all season, and it was especially tough on Tuesday.
“That’s the story of the season, really. A lot of good shots that didn’t fall. We’re losing five good ones, but that young group stepped up this year and offseason workouts will start soon. We’ve just got to get busy and keep working,” Parson said.
The Lady Blue Devils (9-12) were led by senior shooting guard Shakierra Copeland with a game-high 15 points, while freshman guard Ternazha McGruder also reached double figures with 11 points. Temple was paced by freshman guard Erica Sheerer with five points and seven rebounds, while Charmin Moore and Dru Groves both posted four points.
The Lady Tigers will lose top scorer Moore, along with fellow seniors Donique Channer, Erin Acree, Jenna Wynne and Groves, to graduation and Parson said it is a group that has come a long way over the past few years.
And for Temple to be able to celebrate a ‘W’ in the last week of the season in Monday’s 42-34 victory over Jordan was a nice way to send out the seniors that have been mainstays in the program during the past four seasons.
“That’s what we’ve been preaching all along. You play together and you’ll win and they did. It just clicked [Monday] night and we just couldn’t put it together [Tuesday] and put it in the basket,” Parson said.