Syracuse women’s basketball extends win streak to six with 82-50 win over UMBC
SU women's hoops dominates UMBC, win streak moves to six games
The Syracuse women’s basketball team commanded an 82-50 win over the UMBC Retrievers at the Dome on Saturday afternoon.
The Orange (8-4) entered the game on a five-game win streak and have finally caught a consistent flow. They’ve beaten opponents by an average of nearly 30 points per game during the streak. The Retrievers (1-9) came in looking to end a streak of their own: an eight-game losing streak.
The Orange came out with guns blazing in the first quarter and jumped out to an early 12-0 lead. SU’s 1-2-2 full-court press forced seven of UMBC’s 27 turnovers and held the Retrievers scoreless nearly five minutes into the game. Retrievers’ graduate forward Janee’a Summers ended the drought with a three-pointer.
SU senior guard Chrislyn Carr played flawlessly, slicing through defenders for four assists and six of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter alone.
At times, it looked as if SU redshirt sophomore Teisha Hyman hadn’t broken a sweat yet. Hyman kept her arms waving in the passing lanes to account for five steals during the game, while smoothly showing her offensive skill set and accounting for 14 points and seven assists.
UMBC graduate forward Onome-Juliet Esadah became a force in the paint and led the way with five of the team’s 10 first-quarter points. She finished the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds. By the quarter’s end, the Orange comfortably led 26-10.
Throughout the second quarter, Syracuse kept the pressure up and created poetic fast breaks through their defense. Senior guard Chrissy Carr chipped in six of her 17 points in the quarter, taking advantage of the scoring opportunities in the open floor.
Graduate forward Alaysia Styles once again proved why she is one of the conference’s best defenders, vocally keeping the Orange defense in the game, and accounting for 12 points and seven rebounds of her own. Summers led UMBC in the quarter with four of her team’s 13 quarter points, as the Retrievers struggled to find an offensive spark. The Orange ended the first half leading 44-23.
The third quarter repeated much of the first half, as the Orange kept their lead around the 20-point mark. UMBC graduate guard Jatarrikah Settle scored four of her nine points in the quarter and kept the Retrievers in competitive spirits despite the deficit. SU graduate guard Najé Murray scored four of her 15 points in the quarter alone and kept the Orange in a consistent and comfortable lead. Syracuse ended the quarter leading 63-40.
During the fourth quarter, the Orange wouldn’t let up and limited UMBC to only 10 points in the quarter. Orange sixth woman and junior guard Alaina Rice scored all of her three points in the final 10 minutes but made her impact defensively by leading the Orange with a career-high 10 rebounds. In the end, the Orange capped off their flawless 82-50 win and extended their win streak to six.
“We just play, we play off each other, we kind of do our own thing, we kind of feed off each other, so there’s no way to guard it,” Murray said. “You just have to guess what one of us is going to do, and it’s powerful once it’s rolling.”
The Orange will look to continue their win streak against the Siena Saints at home this Wednesday at 2 p.m.