Teams: No. 23 Syracuse Orange (7-2, 4-2 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (8-5, 3-5 ACC)
Day & Time: Sunday, January 24 at 12 p.m. EST
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.
TV/Streaming: ACC Network
Opponent Blog: Shakin The Southland
Rivalry: Syracuse leads 9-0
Current Streak: Syracuse is undefeated against Clemson
Teams Last Meeting: The Orange defeated the Tigers, 59-46, at the Carrier Dome in February 2020. Lewis led the team with 17 points.
Orange Storylines This Week:
- Priscilla Williams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week. Williams went 9-9 from the field (6-6 from three) to lead all scorers with a career-high of 26 points in Sunday’s win over Miami.
- The Orange stand at No. 23 (+1) in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 20 (+1) in the USA TODAY/WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
- ‘Cuse is tied for fifth in the conference standings with Florida State.
- Syracuse averages an 11.8 margin of victory this season. Freshman Kamilla Cardoso leads the team with 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. Emily Engstler is making a name for herself as ACC Sixth Player of the Year, averaging a double-double this season with 10.3 rebounds and 10.3 points per contest off the bench. Kiara Lewis (13.2), Tiana Mangakahia (11), and Priscilla Williams (10.7) are also contributing double-digit scoring for ‘Cuse this season.
- The Orange rank in the top-5 of the ACC in blocked shots (1st), steals (2nd), opponent field goal % (3rd), 3-pt field goals made (3rd), scoring offense (4th), rebounding offense (4th), offensive rebounds (4th), defensive rebounds (4th), assists (4th), and scoring margin (5th).
- Individually in the conference, Cardoso ranks first in field goal % and blocked shots, Mangakahia ranks first in assists and fourth in free throw %, Williams ranks third in 3-pt %, Engstler ranks fourth in rebounding, and Lewis ranks fourth in steals.
- Erica Morrow, a 2011 ‘Cuse graduate, has rejoined head coach Quentin Hillsman in Central New York as an assistant coach.
- On December 2nd, 2020, the Syracuse Athletics staff were able to adjust and achieve a live basketball game despite a location change in under 60 minutes. This is their story.
- The NCAA announced the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be held in one geographic area and is in preliminary talks with the city of San Antonio, Texas. The NCAA also announced the tournament will have a 64-team bracket, the .500 rule will be waived, and an eligibility waiver will be available for teams that do not reach a minimum of 13 games.
Syracuse’s Last Game: The Orange suffered their second loss of the season at No. 1 Louisville in the KFC YUM! Center on Thursday night, 54-67. Emily Engstler tallied her third straight double-double performance, fourth of the season, with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Kamilla Cardoso also recorded her second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kiara Lewis added 12 points and five rebounds in the loss.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (15th year, 311-162) | Clemson - Amanda Butler (15th year, 266-200)
Opponent Coach Bio: Butler is in her third season as the head coach of Clemson. She has over 20 years of coaching experience, including 14 seasons as a DI head coach. She has led her teams to 11 postseason appearances. Butler previously spent 10 seasons as the head at Florida Gators and two years at Charlotte. Butler played college basketball at Florida.
Opponent Last Year: Last season, Clemson went 8-23 with a 3-15 ACC record. The Tigers fell in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Boston College, 73-85.
Opponent’s Last Game: Clemson fell in double-overtime at Florida State, marking the team’s fourth straight loss, 95-88. Senior Delicia Washington led the Tigers with a career-high-tying 33 points and eight rebounds.
Opponent Players to Watch: Freshman Gabby Elliott leads the team with 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Delicia Washington and Kendall Spray are also averaging double-digit scoring with 13.2 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.
If Syracuse Wins: Another game in the win column.
If Syracuse Loses: Syracuse still has to play the top four teams in the conference: NC State, Notre Dame (twice), Georgia Tech, and Louisville again. With those games ahead, a loss to Clemson would hurt the Orange’s postseason seeding.