Coach Q is looking forward to building upon what was a very promising 2014-2015 campaign by the Syracuse Women's Basketball team. The Orange finished 22-10 and were ranked in the AP top 25 poll for most of the season. Additionally, the Women's Squad made it to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament before losing to South Carolina, who made it to the Final Four. In the ACC tournament the Orange lost in the second round to Wake Forest.
After losing only one of his top 11 scorers last season Coach Q is confident this season will go better. The biggest scoring threats this season will likely be Alexis Peterson, Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes. Coach Q believes that Brianna Butler will make 100 3-pointers this season, expanding on her mark of 91 last season, and 100 3s, 2 seasons ago .Brianna Butler also leads all active players nationally with career 3-pointers (244), and is Syracuse's all-time leader in 3-point FGs made.
One of the deepest areas of the team is the Point Guard. Coach Q says we have a "very deep team," and he is expecting to split time between five PGs and start Alexis Peterson, the team's leading scorer last season. He also expects to use highly recruited freshman Davida Dale, clutch shooter Maggie Morrison, Brittney Sykes (who is coming off her second ACL tear of her career) and defensive expert Cornelia Fondren.
Coach Q repeatedly emphasized how important this teams toughness will be. What he means by this exactly is our "physical toughness, depth and tough plays." This offseason there was a "focus of physical conditioning and mental toughness."
It is unclear who the starting lineup will be, but it has been noted that there will be many lineups used. Alexis Peterson, Brianna Butler and Briana Day will definitely start. We will see a lot of Bria Day and Julia Chandler filling out the front court. Abby Grant, Isabella Slim and Jade Phillips will spend lots of time on the wings as well. Coach Q is optimistic about the season. We have a "deep team, with different lineups," the coach states. One thing is for sure though, expect to see plenty of dancing this season.
This squad definitely has some moves on the court. #OrangeMadness #OrangeNation pic.twitter.com/BynBbUGDIc— SU Women's Hoops (@CuseWBB) October 17, 2015