SYRACUSE (Syracuse University Athletics) - SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 24 Syracuse women’s basketball team defeated No. 14/14 Miami, 81-48, on Sunday afternoon to stay undefeated at the Carrier Dome this season. With its victory, Syracuse matched its program record with its 16th consecutive home victory.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
The nation’s top-scoring backcourt was exactly that from the start, scoring 29 first-half points to help the Orange (14-7) establish a 45-29 halftime lead. Redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes led the way with 16 points, while senior guard Alexis Peterson followed with 13 points.
After missing two open 3-point field goals out of the halftime break, Peterson found a different way to facilitate the offense, dishing out three assists in the third quarter. Finally, with 4.9 seconds left in the period, Peterson converted on a three-point play, her lone points of the quarter, to push the Syracuse lead to 64-38. Sykes led the way with seven points in the quarter, helping the Orange outscore the Hurricanes (14-5), 19-9.
“It was a great team win for our team. The first thing we spoke about going into this game was how big this game was for the rest of our season. You want to get quality wins to have on your resume, when it comes to NCAA Tournament time. It was just a very important game for our season.”
Sykes led the way with a season-high 29 points on 9-17 shooting, while Peterson added 24 points, including 10 points from the free-throw line.
The game’s leading scorer, Sykes, filled the rest of the box score, as well. She contributed 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and three steals for her seventh double-double of the year.
For the second straight season, the Orange have defeated three ranked opponents in the regular season, the highest mark in program history.
The 33-point victory is the second largest win against a ranked opponent in program history, trailing only last year’s 36-point blowout against No. 12/12 Duke.
The Orange will look carry their momentum to Blacksburg, Va. as they take on No. 17/16 Virginia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 29.
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