The Syracuse Women’s Basketball team concluded 2017-2018 non-conference play with a 69-55 win over the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Friday. The Orange improved its record to 12-1 as it prepares for conference play starting on Thursday.
Four starters finished in double figure scoring for Syracuse. Miranda Drummond paced the Orange with 18 points on 6-15 shooting. Drummond also drained 5-of-13 three-point shots. Gabby Cooper followed Drummond by posting 17 points, Digna Strautmane added 15, and Tiana Mangakahia scored 12 points.
Mangakahia recovered from one of her rougher performances on Thursday versus national powerhouse Mississippi State. She responded with nine assists compared to just five turnovers on Friday, a figure that was essentially flipped (six assists, eight turnovers) on Thursday.
Syracuse took advantage of 28 Rebel turnovers and the end result was the Orange putting up 21 more field goals combined than UNLV did. Syracuse took 104 two-point and three-point shots, compared to UNLV’s 83 shot attempts.
An interesting nugget - Isis Young was Syracuse’s leading bench scorer. She scored one point.
Syracuse (12-1) will begin ACC conference play on December 28 at Notre Dame. Syracuse does not have another home game until January 4, when they host conference foe Georgia Tech. The Orange have completed its 2017-2018 non-conference schedule.
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