The 17th-ranked Syracuse Orange's barrage of 3-pointers and pressing defense was enough to beat North Carolina State 80-61.
The Orange shot 44 percent from the 3-point line, at 12-for-27. They also forced 18 turnovers and scored 29 points off of those. Three-point shooting and causing turnovers have been key for Syracuse this season. In order to beat Louisville, tomorrow's opponent, they will need to hit 3s, and create lots of turnovers.
Syracuse had five scorers in double figures against NC State. A great scoring balance is pivotal in competitive Tournament games. Alexis Peterson lead SU with 18 points. The 3-point shooting made a huge difference as Brianna Butler made five shots from behind the arc in the 1st half alone. Alexis Peterson and Taylor Ford also contributed with three 3-pointers of their own.
A cause for concern for the Orange tomorrow might be avoiding foul trouble. Briana Day, Taylor Ford and Alexis Peterson all ended the game with four fouls. Brianna Butler fouled out in the 4th quarter. Keeping the foul count down could become critical this postseason.
They will take on the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Earlier this season, the Cardinals defeated Syracuse at home. Since that game, Syracuse has gone on an incredible 10-game winning streak.