Months ago, Villanova's Laura Kurz had her team's Big Five game against Temple at the Pavilion circled on her calendar.
Yesterday, the Wildcats senior scored 21 points to help Villanova on its way to a 65-56 victory that snapped a record 18-game winning streak by the Owls in City Series competition.
Kurz, a former Germantown Academy star, has 13 games with 20 or more points since transferring from Duke two seasons ago.
"It's disappointing that we lost two Big Five games this year," Kurz said. "But it's great to beat Temple."
Villanova (6-4, 2-2 Big Five) finished the round-robin at .500, with losses to La Salle and St. Joseph's.
Shaqwedia Wallace had a game-high 26 points for Temple (5-4, 0-1).
The loss ruined the Big Five debut of Temple coach Tonya Cardoza and was perhaps her most painful setback to date.
"Definitely," Cardoza said. "The fact there was an 18-game win streak on the line and we let it get away from us was disappointing."
- Mel Greenberg