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Syracuse 76, Coppin State 30: Orange women run over Eagles

“School Day” indeed...

NCAA Womens Basketball: Michigan State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

On “School Day,” which invited local students to attend the matinee (11 a.m.) tipoff, the Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team notched a one-sided 76-30 victory over the Coppin State Eagles.

SU, ranked 19th/20th in the country, has now won two straight to get to 7-3 following a two-game slide to ranked teams. They’re 5-0 at home so far this year.

Coppin State falls to 0-8 (0-7 on the road) following the big loss.

Against Syracuse, the Eagles topped double-digits in just one quarter, the final one. Heading into the fourth, the Orange had outscored Coppin State 61-12. The Eagles had just seven points at halftime to SU’s 43.

Syracuse had just two players — Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson — in double figures on the day. But eight players scored at least five as the Orange played the full roster during the blowout. For Coppin State, just four players scored at all. Tiara Goode led with 15 points, while Keena Samuels had 11.

As has been the calling card of SU all season, they were able to force turnovers at will and create chances on the other end. The Eagles had 28 turnovers on the day, and 14 of those were on Syracuse steals. The Orange also out-rebounded Coppin State 50-39, and hit 11-of-34 threes. SU’s simply “okay” (about 40 percent) shooting performance was the only thing keeping the game from getting even further out of hand early.


The Orange have three more games before ACC play begins. In their next game on Saturday, December 10, they’ll host the Niagara Purple Eagles.