It’s Syracuse Orange women’s basketball game day! Coach Q and the 20th-ranked Orange will look to go 2-0 as the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks come to town.
Teams: Syracuse Orange (1-0) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (1-1)
Day and Time: Tuesday, November 12, 8 p.m. ET
Location: The Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. (and it’s Military Appreciation Day)
Where to Watch: ACC Network Extra
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Current Streak: 6, Syracuse
First Meeting: SU took home an 85-56 win back in December 2007.
Last Meeting: Syracuse crushed the Hawks last season by a score of 96-51 on December 5, 2018. Digna Strautmane would lead all scorers with 17 points.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (14th season; 289-145). Maryland Eastern Shore - Fred Batchelor (16th season, 251-299)
Coach Bio: Coach Batchelor does have some ties to the State of New York. He is a graduate of Buffalo State, where he played basketball and then continued coaching for both the men’s and women’s teams. He was named the interim men’s basketball coach in the 1999-2000 season for Buffalo State, and the following year he was named the women’s basketball coach at Buffalo State. Batchelor was the first African American coach to win the SUNYAC (State University of New York Athletic Conference) championship in either men’s or women’s basketball in 2002. He would serve as head coach until taking a division II job at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He was named the head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore in 2004.
Last Year: The Hawks had a record of 17-14 and reached the MEAC semifinals before being beaten by the No. 3-seed Bethune Cookman, the eventual tournament champion. Fred Batchelor would go on to win MEAC Coach of the year.
Last game: Maryland Eastern Shore got slapped when they traveled to William and Mary University and lost by a score of 78-50.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Junior Bairesha Gill-Miles is the Hawks best player. She started in 26 of 29 games last season and recorded six double doubles in those games. She put up 17 points and was the teams leading scorer in her last game against William and Mary. Expect the Hawks to look to her early for a spark, because if she isn’t on her game this could get out of hand quick.
If Syracuse Wins: 2-0, and if by a large margin gives this team a lot of confidence and a pretty good outlook heading into some tougher opponents on the schedule.
If Syracuse Loses: Oof. Not likely at all, but a loss like this early in the season raises far too many questions.
Fun Fact: Syracuse’s largest margin of victory in program history came against these same Hawks back in 2013. The Orange won, 113-42 — a big 71 points. The 113 points are also the most in SU history.