On Sunday, the Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team got back on track with an 82-48 win over the UMBC Retrievers. After four straight games away from the Carrier Dome, SU looked right at home in the win.
Syracuse started a bit slow, only holding a 17-15 lead after one quarter, and extended the lead to 38-27 by half. They never took their collective feet off the gas after, coasting to the 34-point victory.
Digna Strautmane had 17 points to lead the way for the Orange, and was one of five Orange players in double figures. She was 5-of-9 from three, and added two free throws to pair with her five boards. Teisha Hyman scored 16 points in just 15 minutes (6-for-10 from the floor). Amaya Finklea-Guity had 13, while Gabrielle Cooper and Kiara Lewis each chipped in 12 points. Though Emily Engstler was 0-for-11 from the floor, she also managed six rebounds, two blocks and two steals (plus two points off free throws).
SU shot 41.7% during the game, though they hit 48.4% in the second half to make up for some early struggles. Though Strautmane was great from three, the rest of the team was a combined 3-of-26 from outside. That wasn’t an issue against an opponent like UMBC. But will prove to be an issue in conference play.
With finals going on, Syracuse (5-4) has some time off before the next game. The Orange are next in action on December 20 in the Florida Sunshine Classic against No. 19 Michigan State (6-2).