The Temple Tem-Cats hoped to go into the Thanksgiving break on a high note. But after taking a three-point lead into halftime against Bryan Rudder on Tuesday afternoon, the Tem-Cats struggled in the third quarter and fell to the Lady Rangers 65-60 in the teams’ final game before the holiday.
“That was the decision-maker of the game,” Temple coach RaShonta LeBlanc said of the third quarter in which Temple saw its 32-29 lead turn into a 51-44 deficit. “We came out slow. We didn’t a have a good two or three minutes in the game.”
It was a span of 2:38 in the third that proved costly for the Tem-Cats (7-3). The Lady Rangers (5-1) put together a 9-2 run in that stretch, turning their 36-31 deficit with 6:24 to play in the quarter into a 42-38 lead with 3:47 to left.