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Syracuse women’s basketball: Dyaisha Fair reaches historic 3,000-point milestone

Fair joins an exclusive club in women’s basketball history.

Syracuse v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

In a historic moment for both player and program, superstar guard Dyaisha Fair reached over 3,000 total points in her collegiate career during the Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team’s 83-82 comeback win at home on Sunday versus the Clemson Tigers.

Despite only scoring two points in the first half and with Syracuse down as much as 19 points, Fair took command and finished with 21 points on 6/21 shooting to break the 3,000-point marker, becoming the first player in program history and the 16th player all-time to do so.

She’s also the first ACC player in conference history as well as the first Syracuse basketball player to ever score at least 3,000 career points, a milestone that has only been achieved by 27 players combined in Division I men’s and women’s basketball history.

Fair sits at 16th all-time on the NCAA Division I women’s basketball career scoring list, but she is only one point behind 15th (Cindy Blodgett) and 14 points behind 14th (Cheryl Miller) as of Sunday afternoon. Fair and Iowa star Caitlin Clark are the only two active Division I women’s basketball players to eclipse 3,000 points.

Here is a live view from the JMA Wireless Dome when Fair reached the historic milestone:

Fair continues to make a name for herself in her second season with the Orange following an already-productive stint with her former team — the Buffalo Bulls. She played three seasons with the Bulls under then-head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, where she averaged 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game across all three years.

There, Fair received one All-MAC second team nod in 2020 and two All-MAC First Team appearances in 2021 and 2022. In the last two years, Fair made two critical decisions by first transferring to the Orange and reunite with Legette-Jack, as well as deciding to remain with the Syracuse program for a fifth season.

She has continued to be as productive with the Orange as she was in Buffalo. In her two seasons with Syracuse, Fair landed on the preseason watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award which is awarded to the top point guard in Division I women’s basketball. She clinched an All-ACC first team nod in her first year with the Orange and is currently averaging 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals this season.

As added context, that extra year of eligibility did provide Fair with the opportunity to continue rising up the all-time career scoring list. Including the Clemson game, she’s played in 137 career games which is eighth-most out of the 16 players to reach 3,000 points in women’s basketball history.

Should Fair remain healthy for the rest of the Orange’s regular season, she would’ve played the second-most games (150 total) out of anyone to score 3,000 points or more (only ahead of Iowa State’s Ashley Joens, who played 158).

At the same time, Fair’s accomplishment remains an incredible feat considering her five-foot-five height at the guard spot. Take a loot at the other 15 players to reach 3,000 points, and you’ll notice a combination of bigger forwards and guards.

Fair will look to continue moving her way up the career scoring list with 13 games left in the 2023-2024 regular season.

In the meantime, we can safely say this is a monumental moment for Fair and in the program’s history in general.