One day after the men's basketball team endured a crushing loss to Pitt, the Syracuse Orange women's team sought revenge on their behalf. They defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers for the second time this season, this time, 70-56. Syracuse has now clinched a double-bye in the ACC tournament for the second year in a row. They currently sit in the fourth seed, however, with Florida State a half game in front of Syracuse, and still yet to play Notre Dame (who is a whopping 13-0 in the ACC). Syracuse can win the regular season finale against Boston College and cross its fingers that Notre Dame defeats Florida State, which would give Syracuse the third seed, and SU's highest-ever seed in the ACC tournament.
Brianna Butler had an outstanding game three days after an emotional senior day victory. Butler followed up her 16-point performance against Florida State with 20 points and five rebounds. She led the team in scoring and rebounding. Butler also hit four shots from beyond the arc. Butler's career at Syracuse may be coming to an end soon, but she is going to play her heart out until the final whistle blows.
Alexis Peterson also put up big numbers in the Orange's eighth straight win. Peterson put up 15 points and dished out six assists. Alexis Peterson also became the 26th player in Syracuse Women's Basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. Quentin Hillsman has now had 10 players score 1,000 points in their careers during his tenure as Syracuse Head Coach. Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes are the only others currently on the team.
Syracuse will wrap up its regular season at Boston College on February 25, with tip-off at 7 p.m. ET. The Orange narrowly beat the Eagles earlier this season by a score of 62-61. Boston College is 2-12 in the ACC, the second-worst record in the conference..