La Salle Falls 58 – 48 to Maine, Georgetown Bests Temple 68 – 45
November 9, 2023 –
It was a day of dual defeats as La Salle dropped its home opener, while Temple could not get off to a two-win start to the season at the Liacouras Center. For both teams low percentage shooting was a culprit. And each team fell victim to a run. For La Salle the critical run by Maine came at the end. Temple fell behind early and never recovered against Georgetown. The Explorers and the Owls begin the season with a 1 – 1 record.
Maine 58 La Salle 48
The Explorers had a difficult time sustaining offense against the Black Bears. La Salle shot 29.5% from the floor (18 – 61) and drained just 3 of 19 from distance. Maine was not stellar but did convert 23 of 62 field goal attempts and 5 three-pointers. The shot differential showed greatly in the second half when the hosts made 20% of their shots (6 of 30) and 10% from beyond the arc, just 1 of 10. The team converted 3 of 8 free throw attempts. The boards were a factor as the Black Bears pulled down 50 rebounds, 19 offensive boards. The Explorers grabbed 32 caroms with 13 on the offensive end. The stats were close and the game remained close. In the fourth quarter La Salle came into the quarter trailing by 45 – 38. Nearly six and a half minutes later Maine led 57 – 41 and allowed only 3 free throws in that span.
“We couldn’t beat them off penetration and create really easy shots,” said La Salle Coach Mountain MacGillivray. “Maybe a little length on the perimeter bothered us a little bit. We certainly didn’t make a lot of shots.”
Black Bears guard Anne Simon scored a game-high 20 points and corralled 10 rebounds. Forward Adrianna Smith also recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-best 15 rebounds. Forward Caroline Bornemann added 11 points, 6 via two three’s in the fourth quarter.
Freshman guard Aryss Macktoon was the only double figures scorer for the Explorers and she made 6 of 14 from the field for 13 points. Macktoon also led the team in scoring in the win over Coppin State.
“She plays hard every time she is on the floor,” MacGillivray said about the contributions of Macktoon. “She is a perimeter threat. She is an exceptional athlete. So she’s uncommonly gifted. It’s hard to keep her from getting to the basket, hard to keep her off the boards.”
Molly Masciantonio and Gabby Turco added 7 points each and Turco rebounded 4 misses, 2 offensive. Fellow backcourt mate Jolene Armendariz took down 4 boards.
La Salle hosts Drexel on Saturday.
Georgetown 68 Temple 45
Temple made 31.5% of their shots (17 of 54) and drained 6 of 18 three-pointers compared to 28 of 53 (52.8%) from the floor and 5 of 11 from deep. That was for the game. At the end of the first quarter the Hoyas held a 24 – 8 lead and the Owls never recovered. Georgetown was successful on 10 of 13 field goals attempts and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Temple went 3 of 16 (18.8%) from the floor and 2 of 6 from distance. The decisive run was 13 – 0 over the first and second quarter that propelled the Hoyas to a 26 – 8 lead with 9:20 until halftime. The largest deficit for the Owls was 27 points in the third quarter.
“In the first quarter they threw the first punch, we’ve got to respond to that,” said Temple Coach Diane Richardson. “Unfortunately, we did not. The second quarter was more of the same as the first quarter. One of the things we can’t do is get punched first. We’ve got to be able to not be reactionary.”
Georgetown had three players scored in double figures headed by guard Kelsey Ransom who scored a game-high 16 points. Forwards Graceann Bennett and and Mya Bembry scored 12 points apiece. The Hoyas had 38 rebounds to 22 for the Owls.
Temple guard Tarriyonna Gary scored a team-high tying 12 points. Forward Rayne Tucker also added 12 points. Forward Ines Piper took down a team-best 8 rebounds.
Temple hosts Bucknell on Saturday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian