Freshman lead women's basketball over Seton Hall

Lead by Freshman Brianna Butler and Brittany Sykes, the Orange defeated Seton Hall 65-34 Wednesday night.

After about seven minutes of play, the No. 24 Syracuse (17-3, 5-2) women’s basketball team broke open a once tight ball game in the inevitable dismantling of Seton Hall (8-4, 3-5), 65-34.

Coming off a heart-breaking loss to 64-59 No. 25 Villanova Saturday, the Orange came into the Carrier Dome Wednesday night ready to battle the fellow Big East rival Pirates. The game was a back-and-forth battle for the first few minutes of the game, with teams trading lay-ups. It wasn’t until the 10:24 mark that Syracuse finally gained a lead of more than one point, going up 11-8 after two Shakeya Leary scores.

The Orange then went on a 10-2 run to go up 21-10 with less than five minutes remaining in the half. Syracuse closed out the half up by 9 points.

Syracuse extended its lead in the second half, beginning with a 21-5 run in the first ten minutes of the second half. Freshman Brittany Sykes lead the charge, scoring her first 12 points of the game during the run to extend the Orange lead to 49-22 with 10:53 left in the game. She finished the game with 14 points, 3 assists and 5 steals.

Fellow freshman Brianna Butler also had a good game for the Orange, scoring 14 points. Kayla Alexander extend her record for the most points in SU women’s basketball history with 13 points. She broke Nichole Michael’s record of 1,787 Saturday against Villanova, and Alexander now has 1,804 career points. Alexander also finished with 12 rebounds.

The Orange finished out the game with a 9-5 run to close out a 65-34 victory. Syracuse plays host to Providence Saturday in the Carrier Dome. 

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