The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team headed down to Tallahassee, Fla. in search of their first top-10 win of the season. They left without it, though. Syracuse was beaten soundly by the seventh-ranked Florida State Seminoles, 77-58.
FSU pretty much put away Syracuse (13-7, 4-3) in the first quarter, wrapping up the opening stanza with a 26-7 advantage. The ‘Noles would go into halftime up 45-20, putting a bow on the resounding win over the Orange.
Just two SU players managed to score in double figures. Brittney Sykes scored 10, while Alexis Peterson put up 26 points on the evening. Peterson shot 10-of-19 from the floor, and 3-for-5 from the three-point line. She was clearly the leader of the pack for the Orange, who failed to truly get anything going on the offensive end. Four Seminoles players scored in double figures, while the team largely avoided turnovers — both a clear sign of struggles for Syracuse.
After a four-game winning streak, the Orange have lost two straight in ACC play, dealing a critical blow to the team’s resume. SU is now 1-4 vs. ranked teams this season and seems to lack the ability to compete with the top squads in women’s hoops.
SU has several more chances to knock off top 25 teams, including their upcoming game this Sunday. The Orange will host the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes and try to break a two-game losing streak in the process.