Women's Basketball

February 13, 2014 - 11:50pm
The Seminoles' Natasha Howard scored a school-record 40 points as the Orange lost its second straight game Thursday night.

Even after Syracuse (17-6, 6-6 ACC) lost by 37 points to Notre Dame on Feb. 9, the Orange looked to be in prime position for a run at a tournament birth with soft schedule ahead. But after another blowout loss, this time at home against Florida State, it’ll be hard not to rethink that idea now.

February 7, 2014 - 1:24pm
Brittney Sykes scored a career-high 31 points in SU's 73-48 victory over Virginia Tech.

The game had been a formality for the last 20 minutes, but there Brittney Sykes was — still on the court, directing traffic and barking out commands even as the ball swung to the other side of the floor. As the shot clock wound down and Syracuse was close to wasting a meaningless possession, she started to get impatient. She darted to the top of the key, asked for a screen, blew by a defender and hung in the lane for a layup — again.

January 26, 2014 - 6:11pm
Syracuse used a big run late in the first half that propelled it to an even bigger and turnover-free second half.

Syracuse women’s basketball team started its contest against the University of Virginia looking frustrated and flustered. After coming into the game ranked 17th in the nation in turnover differential, the team lost possession 16 times while only forcing seven turnovers.

But, with the score 33-29 and around three minutes to go, Syracuse went on an 11-2 run to end the half, taking the lead and battling through for a 84-75 victory. The win brought Syracuse to 15-5 on the season, and 4-3 in the ACC.

January 17, 2014 - 2:32pm
A lack of offensive and propensity for turnovers were too much for the Orange to overcome, falling to No. 6 Maryland.

No. 6 Maryland (15-1, 3-0 ACC) defeated Syracuse 77-62 (12-5, 1-3) Thursday night in College Park, M.d. to hand the Orange it’s third loss in ACC play and it’s third road loss.

Syracuse hasn’t won a road game since Nov. 30 at the Paradise Jam, and its struggles continued against No. 6 Maryland after a series of offensive droughts and turnovers plagued the Orange

November 21, 2013 - 11:26am
Brianna Butler and Brittney combined for 42 of SU's 113 points in a landslide win over Maryland-Eastern.

Only 3.2 seconds was left in the first half. Everyone’s gaze was fixated on the clock as Syracuse and Maryland-Eastern players tussled at the ball as yells of “we want tacos” echoed throughout the Dome. The Lady Hawks came up with the ball but time expired before they could get a shot off.

The buzzer sounded. No tacos. But it was only the halftime buzzer.

But 13 seconds into the second half, the Syracuse women’s basketball team made a layup to mark the earliest taco time in Carrier Dome history.

November 11, 2013 - 11:15am
The SU women's basketball team almost let the game slip through its fingers, but strong performances by Brittney Sykes and Shakeya Leary helped the Orange win.

In the closing moments of the second half, Washington State erased the Syracuse women’s basketball team’s 11-point cushion and was in striking distance with only 42 seconds left on the clock.

But sophomore guard Brittney Sykes reeled in her first steal of the game and took it to the other end for a layup to push the Orange up four.

October 12, 2012 - 11:35pm
With a crop of new young talent and seasoned veterans, the SU women's basketball teams sets sights on reaching the NCAA tournament

The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team took the first step of their season and participated in media day at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.

This team could prove to be the perfect blend of young and old, freshmen playing styles mixed with the upperclassmen experience. The chemistry and blend is what brings the whole thing together, creating what could be a very threating team.

February 27, 2012 - 10:56pm
Orange erases 10-point second half deficit, but still falls to the Wildcats

Villanova (16-13, 6-10) scored 14 of the games final 18 points on Monday night at the Pavillion on their way to a 68-60 victory over the Orange. The loss made Syracsue (17-13, 6-10) the No. 12 seed for the Big East tournament. The Orange will play Providence at 12 p.m. on Friday in Hartford, Conn.

Here's three thoughts from SU's loss to Villanova:

February 22, 2012 - 2:48pm
Sophomore guard Rachel Coffey has a career night in leading Syracuse to victory

The Syracuse women’s basketball team took down No. 20/21 DePaul Tuesday night 81-65 in Chicago, Ill. The win was the Orange's first win against a ranked team in both major polls this season.

February 12, 2012 - 2:38pm
Junior center Kayla Alexander scored 20 points and collected 12 rebounds in the Orange's second straight Big East loss

The Syracuse women’s basketball team (15-7, 7-5) fell to Louisville (18-7, 7-5) 89-62 on Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center. Junior center Kayla Alexander scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds but it wasn't enough to hold off the Cardinals.

The Orange had two other players score in double-figures with sophomore guard Rachel Coffey and junior guard Elashier Hall, both of whom scored 11 points.