Former Temple women’s basketball star Candice Dupree will have her No. 4 jersey retired during a ceremony at halftime of Temple’s game against defending NCAA champion South Carolina on Dec. 21 at the Liacouras Center. The game begins at 7 p.m.

This is just the second time in program history that Temple University Athletics will retire a women’s basketball player’s number.

Dupree’s number will join former Temple basketball legend Marilyn Stephens’ No. 33 in the rafters of McGonigle Hall and the Liacouras Center. Dupree played for the Owls from 2002 through the 2005 seasons.

Unable to make her 2016 Temple Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Dupree will officially be inducted into the hall during a pregame reception.

“Candice Dupree is one of the greatest student-athletes in the history of Temple athletics and deserves to have her number immortalized,” said Temple University athletic director Dr. Patrick Kraft in a statement.

“An All-American on and off the court, Candice led the Owls to greatness during her career here, and has taken her success to even higher levels with her six-time all-WNBA career.”

Dupree is Temple’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (51.4 percent), ranks third on the Owls’ career list in points (1,698), third in rebounds (968), and is tied for second in blocked shots (218).

The 6-foot-2 forward also helped Temple win three conference championships and won 73 games. Dupree was a two-time conference and Big 5 Player of the Year, a two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2005-06 was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player at the conference championship.

In 2006, Dupree was drafted by the Chicago Sky with the sixth overall pick in the WNBA Draft. In 2010, Dupree was a member of the U.S. National team that won gold at the World Championships.

Dupree played four years at Temple under Dawn Staley, who is now the head coach at South Carolina.

Carson Wentz named Pro-Athlete of the Year

Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz joins a list of honorees that will be celebrated at the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Jan. 15. Wentz has been selected as the Pro-Athlete of the Year.

Wentz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 10, and has been lost for the year. He led the Eagles to an 11-2 record and the No. 1 seed so far in the NFC.

Wentz had a great start to the season and was in the discussion for league MVP honors prior to the injury. He set Philadelphia’s all-time TD passing record in only 13 games with his 33rd touchdown on what turned out to be his final play of the season.

The public is encouraged to attend the dinner. You can get tickets by going to www.phillysportswriters.com. For more information on the event, email pswadinner@yahoo.com.

Three earn Big 5 Player of the Week recognition

The Philadelphia Big 5 has selected Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. as the men’s Big 5 Player of the Week. Alston, a junior guard, helped lead the Owls to a 2-0 week, averaging 21 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists in those two games.

Temple’s Tanaya Atkinson and Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn were chosen as the Big 5 women’s Co-Player of the Week. Atkinson averaged 24.5 points and 14 rebounds a game over two games, while Hahn averaged 20 points, four rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game during a two-game stretch.

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