Syracuse's Brianna Butler Named POW, Orange No. 22 In AP Poll

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It was a big weekend for the Syracuse WBB program and they're seeing dividends this week.

While the men's team took a break during Thanksgiving, the Syracuse Orange women's basketball team was making noise. And it looks like people are starting to hear it.

Following the team's dominance in the Virgin Islands, including a win over nationally-ranked Texas A&M, the Orange moved into the AP Poll for the first time this season.

The Orange, off to an 8-0 start for the fifth time in program history and the third time in the last five years under head coach Quentin Hillsman, breaks into the AP top 25 for the first time since finishing last season ranked No. 22 when it was 24-8 overall and made the NCAA Tournament. The Orange received 132 points, one more than the Aggies, who dropped from 12th to 23rd.

UConn (duh) is No. 1, while ranked ACC teams include No. 2 Duke, No. 8 Maryland and No. 18 North Carolina.

For her efforts, guard Brianna Butler was also named espnW's national player of the week.

Butler capped her tournament MVP performance with 29 points, highlighted by 7-of-12 shooting from 3-point distance, in Syracuse's 78-63 upset of No. 12 Texas A&M on Saturday, one of the biggest wins in program history. A trio of those 3-pointers fueled a decisive 11-2 run midway through the second half after the Aggies had fought back within nine.

Butler had scored 23 in the Memphis win, which was her career-high up until that point.

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