Syracuse women’s hoops advance to 4-0 with Empire State Night win
Syracuse women's hoops advance to 4-0 with Empire State Night win
On Monday night, the Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team took on the Binghamton Bearcats in a matchup called the Empire State Night, as both teams proudly reside in New York.
Coming into the game, both teams were undefeated at 2-0. The Bearcats led Syracuse 10-9 in the first quarter at one point.
That was the last time in the game Binghamton would have a lead.
The game started as a back and fourth in the opening minutes, but Syracuse’s revamped roster quickly pulled away and proved too much for the Bearcats. The final score of the game was 92-59 in favor of the Orange.
Once Syracuse took a 12-10 lead with 5:33 to go in the first half, the Orange began to dominate going on a 38-14 run going into halftime.
At halftime, the Orange led Binghamton 48-23. Once the second half came around, the Orange continued their onslaught and never looked back.
The Orange dominated Binghamton in multiple critical aspects of the game. Syracuse did an excellent job utilizing their zone defense to create turnovers and proved very useful. The Orange scored 25 points off turnovers compared to Binghamton’s mere four.
Syracuse also had a significant advantage over Binghamton regarding field goal percentage. On the day, Binghamton shot 31% of their field goals while the Orange shot an incredible 50%.
One area where the Orange struggled was from the three-point line. For the game, the Orange shot a putrid 14% on seven attempts, while Binghamton shot an impressive 40% on 25 shots.
Guard Dyaisha Fair led the Orange in both scoring and assists with a season high of 19 points and eight assists. Fair was impressive all night long, showing off her step back three, which proved difficult to guard. Forward Dariauna Lewis also had a strong performance for the Orange with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks filling up the stat sheet.
Syracuse head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said she was proud of how her team competed.
“I really like that it doesn’t matter who it is,” Coach Legette-Jack said. “If you’ve got that Syracuse shirt on, you come to play.”
The Oranges’ next game will come against LIU (2-1) on Thursday at the JMA Wireless Dome where they will look to improve to 4-0.