UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Kristen McCarthy nailed a last-second shot to lift Temple over Richmond, 56-55, Saturday night at the Robins Center.
McCarthy shot the jumper from the left corner with two tenths of a second left to snap the Spiders' six-game win streak. Temple improved to 7-7, 1-0, while Richmond fell to 12-3, 0-1 overall.
Richmond led for much of the game and pushed its advantage to a game-high 14 point edge with five minutes left in the first half. From there, Temple pieced together a 7-2 run to slash the deficit to 30-22 going into break.
A Yazmean Burgess layup looked to put the Spiders in cruise control at 40-28 at the 14:47 mark, but Temple responded with 13 unanswered points to take the lead at 41-40 with 9:39 left.
From there, Richmond reclaimed the edge and even pushed its advantage to 55-47 with 3:58 left on a jumper by Genevieve Okoro, but that jumper proved to be Richmond's final points of the game.
Okoro's jumper narrowly missed with 14 seconds left and a Brittany Lewis rebound gave Temple the last-second shot attempt. Shey Peddy then dished to McCarthy for the game-winner. The Owls finished the contest scoring the game's last nine points.
It was Richmond's second one-point game this season. The Spiders clipped cross-town rival VCU 78-77 Dec. 1.
McCarthy led Temple with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Spiders return to A-10 action Wednesday night as they host their home-and-home rival GW at 7 p.m. in the Robins Center. Richmond will be vying for its seventh-straight win in the rivalry.