Temple continues to get admiration for the ranked teams the Owls play before the start of conference play in the Atlantic Ten.

One of these days they may get more praise for upsetting a national power.

Friday night was not one of those occasions.

The Owls trailed 37-20 at halftime, rallied to within five at 59-54 with 1 minute, 7 seconds left but ultimately fell short, 65-54, to the Blue Devils (9-2) at McGonigle Hall.

"Just another disappointing loss," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said after her team fell to 5-7.

"We dug ourselves in a hole. We were a little intimdated in the first half, how we played. In the second half we came out and played how I knew we would and made it a game."

In other area games:

Monmouth 49, Villanova 48 - Laura Sweeney scored 20 points but the Wildcats (10-3) fell short by a point at West Long Branch, N.J.

Nebraska 71, Penn State 63 - Jordan Hooper scored 31 points, and the No. 23 Cornhuskers (12-1, 1-0) won their Big Ten debut over the No. 16 Nittany Lions (10-3, 0-1). Alex Bentley led Penn State with with 22 points and eight steals. Maggie Lucas added 18 points and Nikki Greene had 15 rebounds.

Rutgers 75, George Washington 54 - Monique Oliver tied her season high with 23 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (11-2) over the host Colonials (6-7).

La Salle 68, Vermont 59 - Brittany Wilson hit for a career-best 29 points as the Explorers (5-9) topped the Catamounts (6-7), in the finale of the Blue Sky Classic at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Rollins 67, Holy Family 61 - Erin Mann scored a game-high 29 points to go with 12 rebounds for Holy Family, but it wasn't enough as Kourtnie Berry tied a career high with 19 points and led the 13th-ranked Tars (9-1) past the Tigers (7-5) on the final day of the Rollins Holiday Classic in Winter Park, Fla.

Also: Alex Lennon scored 13 points to lead host West Chester over Molloy, 75-54, in the 26th Annual Carol Eckman Memorial Tournament. . . . The University of the Sciences won its fourth straight with a 61-54 victory over Millersville. . . . Lindsay Alexander led the way with 10 points as Chestnut Hill beat Mercy, 63-59. . . . Christine Wooding scored 14 points but Philadelphia University fell to East Stroudsburg, 55-53.