Last week, we recognized Kayla Alexander as a Real Orange Hero, leading the Syracuse women's basketball team to a 7-0 start.
Early on in this weekend's game against No. 6 Ohio State, however, Alexander found herself with two quick fouls and a one-way ticket to the bench. Suddenly, the Orange were going up against one of the best teams in the nation without the reigning Big East Player of the Week and their top scoring threat.
As the final eight seconds ticked off the scoreboard, Erica Morrow stood at the opposite end of the court from her team, holding the ball with two hands. She didn't move at all, for fear of a referee's whistle, a travel, anything that could take away the moment.
And it was most fitting that it ended with the ball in Morrow's hands. She was everything she needed to be as the leader of Syracuse Saturday, scoring 27 points as the Orange upset No. 6 Ohio State 75-66 in front of 2,742 in the Carrier Dome. Morrow shot 10-of-18 from the field, including four 3-pointers. She hit shot after shot throughout the game as SU (8-0) staved off multiple comeback attempts by the Buckeyes (7-1).
It was the first home win against a ranked opponent for the Orange since last year's 67-48 win over then-No. 7 West Virginia and the 36th consecutive non-conference home victory for SU.
For the senior Morrow, it was also a chance a redemption. She scored 23 points against Ohio State two years ago but the Orange lost that game. This time, she made her shots count and controlled the tempo en route to victory. She also moved into fourth all-time on the Syracuse scoring charts with 1,415 career points.
Here's to you, Erica Morrow. A Real Orange Hero.