Women’s basketball bounces back after two losses

Women’s basketball bounces back after two losses

SU football alum Dwight Freeney is selected for Hall of Fame.
Published: January 12, 2023
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Syracuse head coach Felisha Legette-Jack meets her players as they come off the court during halftime at the women's basketball game against Albany on Dec. 20, 2022 at the JMA Wireless Dome.

After suffering a heart-breaking loss to NC State on New Year’s that saw SU basketball (12-4) score a measly five points in the final frame to blow a seven point lead, the team rebounded with two straight conference victories in the past week. 

On Thursday, Syracuse beat Pittsburgh convincingly, 89-71 after trailing by six points at half time. Then on Sunday, the team went down to South Carolina and defeated Clemson 91-77. 

The team has now won seven of their last nine games and is 14th in the country in rebounds per game at 44.3. Senior guard Dyaisha Fair leads the team in points per game at 19.6.

Up next on the team’s plate is a trip up to Massachusetts today to face Boston College (13-5) at 7 p.m., and a tango on Sunday with No. 7 Notre Dame at the JMA Wireless at 2 p.m.

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, at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Dwight Freeney selected into College Football Hall of Fame, named finalist for NFL Hall of Fame

Syracuse football great Dwight Freeney was selected into the College Football Hall of Fame. Freeney is second all-time in sacks and is notorious for his 4.5 sack performance against Virginia Tech in 2000. 

Freeney also had a successful 16 year NFL career where he won a Super Bowl and was a Pro Bowler in seven seasons. Freeney’s 125.5 career sacks ranks 18th in NFL history.  

In addition, Freeney is a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame. The inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be revealed on February 9. 

Mike Powell’s jersey to be retired

Syracuse lacrosse legend Mike Powell will have his number 22 jersey retired on March 11 at the JMA Wireless Dome.

In his time at Syracuse, Powell helped lead the team to two national championships and was selected the Attack Man of the Year four times.

Orange alumni in the NFL Playoffs

Syracuse football alumni Andre Cisco, a safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Trill Williams, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, will make their NFL playoff debuts this weekend.

Cisco and the Jaguars will face the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. in the NFL Wild Card Round.

Williams and the Dolphins will play in a wild card matchup against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m.