Temple was without its leading scorer Tuesday night. That’s never fun for any team. The Tem-Cats, though, also lacked a noticeable amount of their usual grit and fortitude, and missing those intangibles — so recognizable and useful during a run of eight wins over a 10-game span and a 4-0 start to District 18-5A — made for a rough outing against talented College Station.
“It’s frustrating because I know that we can play. I know that the effort has to be better than that. And I know that it’s going to be better than that,” Temple coach Tamarah Sanders said following her team’s 59-42 defeat to the Lady Cougars, the Tem-Cats’ first district home loss since the 2014-15 season. “The team you just saw was not the Tem-Cat team that you’re used to seeing. I promise you the next time, you’ll see the regular Tem-Cat team.”
The drawing board will be full of ways to fulfill that promise.
Temple scored six points during the first 1½ minutes of the opening quarter Tuesday, had just eight over the next 14½ minutes of the first half and College Station showed little mercy in dropping the Tem-Cats by 17 to go from a half-game out of first in 18-5A to a half-game up on Temple and Bryan Rudder in the top spot.