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Syracuse women’s basketball loses to Louisville, 76-51

The Orange had a big opportunity against a great Louisville team... but couldn’t get it done on the road.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Louisville at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 15 Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team has been off for the last week in preparation for a road game at the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals. Unfortunately the extra rest didn’t matter much as they fell 76-51 in a game that was over pretty early.

Louisville was up 30-17 after one quarter and 51-30 at the half. The Orange shooting woes continued throughout the game, hitting 12 of 32 shots in the first half, then just 8 of 30 in the final two quarters. On the game, SU was just 6-of-24 from three — making for yet another game where the team struggled from outside.

Just one Syracuse player scored in double digits: Kiara Lewis, who put up 13 on 5-of-12 shooting. Miranda Drummond had nine points and four boards, while Tiana Mangakahia had a rough outing going 1-for-11 from the floor to score five points. She did have six assists and five boards, however.

Louisville had a very different evening, obviously. The Cards shot 40.9 percent from the field and 37 percent from three while out-rebounding Syracuse by eight on the game. Asia Durr led the way with 15 points, but six other UL players scored at least eight points as well. They also scored 25 points off of SU turnovers as a team — and the Orange managed just three points off Louisville’s errors.

The 25-point loss drops Syracuse to 17-5 on the year and 6-3 in league play. SU’s 2-3 over their last five, and sport a 4-4 road record. They’re sixth in the ACC standings right now, tough just a game and a half back of second place — currently a four-way tie between NC State, Notre Dame, Florida State and Miami at 8-2 apiece. Syracuse also isn’t far from dropping down a couple pegs, however. Clemson’s right below them at 6-4 in league play, while UNC is 5-5.

The Orange are back in action against Boston College (14-9, 3-7) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, February 10.