Sports SUmmary: SU women’s hoops rolls to five straight wins, 9-0 at home

Sports SUmmary: SU women's hoops rolls to five straight wins, 9-0 at home

Men’s basketball snaps win streak.
Published: December 23, 2022 | Updated: December 30th, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Syracuse's Dyaisha Fair (2) charges through Albany defense toward the basket during a women's basketball game on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at JMA Wireless Dome.
Syracuse's Dyaisha Fair (2) charges through Albany defense toward the basket during a women's basketball game on Dec. 20, 2022.

Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and Syracuse women’s basketball have now won five straight games, moving to 10-2 overall and 9-0 at home. Most recently, the SU squad beat Albany on Tuesday 87-64.

Dariauna Lewis and Dyaisha Fair continue to lead the way for the team, which has not only resulted in a five game winning streak, but also 60% of the streak the Orange have outscored their opponents by 18 or more points. 

Lewis scored eight points, two steals and six rebounds, three on each end of the court. Fair swished 26 points and recorded four boards, three of which were defensive.

The team now just needs one more win to match their win total from last year and if the success keeps up, the team will put themselves in a great position to return to the Big Dance after a year hiatus.

After a nine day break from action, the team will go to Louisville, Kentucky to face Louisville to start a five game streak of playing ACC opponents.

Syracuse's Alaina Rice (25) and Albany's Morgan Haney (15) fight for a loose ball during a women's basketball game on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at JMA Wireless Dome.

Syracuse's Alaina Rice (25) and Albany's Morgan Haney (15) fight for a loose ball during a women's basketball game on Dec. 20, 2022.

Syracuse's Asia Strong (15) eyes the basket as Albany's Helene Haegerstrand (21) attemtps to block the shot during a women's basketball game on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at JMA Wireless Dome.

Syracuse's Asia Strong (15) eyes the basket as Albany's Helene Haegerstrand (21) attempts to block the shot during a women's basketball game on Dec. 20, 2022.

Men’s hoops snaps win streak with two-point loss to Pitt

SU men’s basketball suffered their fifth loss of the season on Tuesday, losing to Pittsburgh 84-82 at the JMA Wireless Dome. The team cut Pitt’s 19-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining down to one point with less than a minute left. Freshman point guard Judah Mintz’s three point attempt to win the game at the buzzer did not fall in, ending the team’s win streak at five games. 

While the loss to Pitt means an 0-1 start in conference play, freshmen Quadir Copeland and Mintz showed promise on the offensive end of the floor, combining for 34 out of the teams 81 points and accounting for half of all of the team’s three point swishes. 

With ACC play for the rest of the team’s schedule, head coach Jim Boeheim will look for his veterans Jesse Edwards and Joseph Girard III to continue their strong play that they displayed during the win streak to help the Orange get back into March Madness.

The team’s next game will be at the JMA Wireless Dome on New Year’s Eve against Boston College at 2 p.m.

Syracuse's Jesse Edwards dunks the ball.
Syracuse center Jesse Edwards dunks the ball in a game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, 2022.

Syracuse football falls to Minnesota in Pinstripe Bowl

Syracuse football fell to Minnesota 28-20 on Thursday in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. 

Head coach Dino Babers and company ended the school’s undefeated record in the Pinstripe Bowl. Star running back Sean Tucker‘s decision to not play in the game after declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft gave the team a more difficult challenge.

SU football hires Rocky Long as new defensive coordinator

After Syracuse football defensive coordinator Tony White decided to join head coach Matt Rhule and his staff at Nebraska, Syracuse football hired longtime San Diego State head coach Rocky Long as the new defensive coordinator.

Long, who is 72 years old, brings an abundance of experience and is the one of the creators of the 3-3-5 defensive scheme. He’ll look to continue to build off of what was a solid defensive year for the Syracuse Orange.