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Syracuse women’s basketball: what to watch for versus Northeastern

Can the Orange make it four wins in a row?

NCAA Womens Basketball: ACC/SEC Challenge-Alabama at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (6-1) will look to keep the hot streak going Monday night against the Northeastern Huskies (4-3).

The Orange are eyeing their fourth-straight win coming off an impressive 79-73 victory over Alabama in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Northeastern is coming off back to back losses to Columbia and New Hampshire. The Huskies finished 19-12 overall last year, including a 13-5 record against the Colonial Athletic Conference.

Tip-off between Syracuse and Northeastern is at 7 p.m. EST in the JMA Wireless Dome. The game will also streamed on ESPN’s ACC Network+.

Here’s what to watch for:

Video game numbers down low

Northeastern is thin at depth and small inside as it is, and that’s before having to go through the Orange’s productive frontcourt duo in Alyssa Latham and Kyra Wood. Latham is coming off a career-high 23 points versus the Crimson Tide in addition to 12 points and 5 blocks, while Wood recorded her second-straight double-double in the Alabama game.

Both Latham and Wood have surpassed a lot of expectations, particularly in cleaning up the Orange’s defensive mistakes and preventing opponents from grabbing offensive rebounds. Felisha Legette-Jack has even doubled-down more on the Latham-Wood minutes because of how well the pairing has played together.

Expect that trend to continue against Northeastern.

Don’t make it complicated

Outside of its limitations in the paint defensively, Northeastern turnover-prone tendencies fit right into the hands of the Orange wanting to get out in transition. The trio of Dyaisha Fair, Georgia Woolley and Alaina Rice should see plenty of chances to poke the ball away, get out and run on the break.

Additionally, Northeastern’s biggest strength (holding opponents to 27% from three) doesn’t impact Syracuse too much considering how much of an advantage the Orange will have across the board.

Anything can happen, but this is a game where Syracuse should comfortably take care of business. After some stellar performances against Iowa State and Alabama in two-straight games, anything but a win would be very surprising.

Reps for the reserves

Assuming all bodes well, I’m expecting Legette-Jack to tap more into her rotation as the non-conference schedule starts to calm down compared to what it was competition-wise the past few weeks. Can Sophie Burrows get some more reps after finishing as a major plus against Alabama? Is there any shot at a bigger role for Lexi McNabb or Kennedi Perkins?

Avoiding any catastrophic injuries via unnecessary time on the court should be a priority considering that ACC play is looming on the horizon.

Syracuse versus Northeastern preview by the numbers

All-time: Syracuse is 2-0 all-time versus Northeastern.

Last matchup: The Orange last played the Huskies in November 2010, with Syracuse willing 72-69.

Win/loss implications: A win keeps the momentum for the Orange strong heading into another pivotal non-conference road game, while a loss would honestly come as a big shock considering how the team has played this year so far.

Prediction: Assuming nothing completely out of the ordinary happens, Syracuse should beat Northeastern in mostly comfortable fashion. The Orange finish on top in an 87-60 win.

Syracuse vs. Northeastern Team Stats

Statistical Categories Syracuse Northeastern
Statistical Categories Syracuse Northeastern
PPG 81.1 59.4
Opponent PPG 60 62
Margin of Victory plus-21.1 minus-2.6
FG% 46% 41%
Defensive FG% 37% 40%
3FG% 34% 35%
Defensive 3FG% 31% 27%
FT% 73% 63%
RPG 44.7 32.7
APG 14.6 12.3
T/O 14.4 19.4
A/T ratio 1 0.6
SPG 8.9 5.1
BPG 5.9 1.6