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Syracuse WBB Reaches Highest AP Ranking in Program History

The Orange gets rewarded for its strong performance in non-conference play. Syracuse moved up to No. 19 in the AP Poll, while staying pat at 22 in the Coaches Poll.

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The wins keep piling up for Syracuse basketball (the women's team, that is) so it makes sense that the accolades are starting to roll in.

The Orange ranked No. 19 in this week's AP Poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.  Syracuse has been ranked every week this season, but the current positions are season-highs in both polls.  The Orange jumped one spot in the AP Poll, while staying unchanged in the Coaches Poll. Syracuse went 1-0 last week, beating NC Central on Sunday by a score of 70-25 in the Carrier Dome.

And Syracuse's No. 19 ranking also marks the highest the team has ever been in the AP Poll.  It's just one spot off its highest position in program history in either national poll.  The team peaked at 18 in the Coaches Poll in the Feb. 16 release during the 2012-13 season.

The Orange is one of six ACC teams to crack the top 25.  For the second consecutive week, one of Syracuse's past opponents ranked at the top of both polls. The South Carolina Gamecocks, who beat the Orange 67-63 last month, are No. 1.

Syracuse is 7-1, headed into Tuesday night's home matchup against Canisius.  The Orange only allows 54.9 points per game this season, and has stepped up its defensive dominance over the past few games.  The team gave up 39 points and then 25 against Penn State and NC Central, respectively.

Syracuse vs. Canisius can be seen on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and ESPN3.