SU women’s basketball dominates in Upstate rivalry game against Colgate

SU women’s hoops dominates in Upstate rivalry game

Orange guard Alaina Rice tallies season-high 16 points in Syracuse's 72-48 win.
Published: November 10, 2022
Syracuse's Alaina Rice 25 shoots the ball at the Syracuse women's basketball game vs. Colgate on Nov. 10, 2022, at the JMA Wireless Dome
Syracuse's Alaina Rice (25) shoots the ball for two of her 16 points Thursday night at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Colgate kept Syracuse on their toes in the first half, but a solid second half allowed the Orange to dominate. Syracuse women’s basketball came out of the Upstate rivalry game, beating the Raiders 72-48.

Syracuse lived up to the hype song “New Level” played during their starting lineup announcement going into the game. The Orange brought high energy and the hunger to pick up their second consecutive win.

After forward Dariauna Lewis snatched the ball in the opening tip-off, guard Teisha Hyman continued with the momentum, putting Syracuse on the board first with a field goal.

Syracuse maintained the lead through the first half, dominating in almost every statistical category, with the Orange shooting 46.7% in field goals. Guard Dyaisha Fair led the Syracuse squad with seven points in the half.

Personal fouls were costly for Colgate, tallying four in both the first and second quarters. A string of foul shots was made in the first quarter, with Lewis then forward Asia Strong and guard Alaina Rice knocking down shots, totaling five points for the Orange.

Rice recorded many season highs with 16 points, including two three-pointers, three assists, and one block.

“I just went out there and played my game,” Rice said. “Taking the shots I know I can make…made me the better player I was today and it clearly showed.”

Hot off the bench, Syracuse forward Saniaa Wilson came in and scored a layup with 2:39 remaining in the half. Wilson also helped out on the defensive end with two defensive rebounds and three blocks.

With less than 90 seconds left in the first half, Hyman got the ball in her hands after it was tossed around the court. She ran up to the hoop, stepped back, and shot a two-point jumper.

Hyman didn’t score as much as she did against Stony Brook, but nonetheless, she helped the team in other ways. She grabbed six defensive rebounds, picked up two blocks, and led the team in assists with seven.

The bench cheers as a teammate makes a 3 at the Syracuse women's basketball game vs. Colgate on Nov. 10, 2022, at the JMA Wireless Dome.

The SU bench celebrates a made 3 pointer in their win over Colagate on Wednesday.

Number 24 Alaina Rice plays defense against Colgate Number 14 Nicole Parks at the Syracuse women's basketball game vs. Colgate on Nov. 10, 2022, at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Syracuse's Dariauna Lewis (24) plays defense against Colgate's Nicole Parks (14) in the paint on Wednesday.

Syracuse was up 37-21 going into the second half of the matchup.

The second half started much like the first with Syracuse tacking on the first two points.

Syracuse head coach Felisha Legette-Jack utilized most of the final quarter to give some players on the bench some action. Freshman guards Lexi McNabb, Kennedi Perkins, and guard Ava Irvin made appearances.

Most notably, McNabb made two clutch assists in 10 minutes of playing time.

Syracuse’s defense improved from Monday’s game against Stony Brook, but with 17 total turnovers, Coach Legette-Jack wasn’t satisfied.

“We’re pleased, but not satisfied,” Coach Legette-Jack said. “I’m a defensive coach. It’s not going to be great until the last team’s dancing.”

Colgate guard Jenna Paul was a force to be reckoned with. Paul led the Raiders in points (18) and efficiency (14.0). In the fourth quarter, she showed her dedication to the team, running up and down the court with a napkin-plugged nostril.

Rice was as wide open as you can possibly be with less than five minutes left in the game. Hyman rocketed the ball over to Rice, and she set up and swished a three-pointer into the basket, her second in the third quarter.

“It was my time,” Rice said. “When it’s your time, it’s your time. I kept running the floor and I kept getting after it.”

The Orange will look to keep their regular season start perfectly with a game against Binghamton on Monday at 7 p.m.

Number 11 Lexi McNabb handles the ball against Colgate number 41 Abbey Ferguson at the Syracuse women's basketball game vs. Colgate on Nov. 10, 2022, at the JMA Wireless Dome
Syracuse's Lexi McNabb handles the ball against Colgate's Abbey Ferguson (41) at the Dome.