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WBB Preview: No. 20/25 Syracuse (4-2) vs. Stony Brook (4-3)

After falling to No. 5 Maryland Wednesday night by a score of 82-64 in the ACC/B1G 10 Challenge, the Syracuse women’s basketball team returns home Sunday to take on in-state foe Stony Brook. The No. 20/25 Orange (4-2) will face the Seawolves (4-3) at 2:00.

Game 7: No. 20/25 Syracuse (4-2) vs. Stony Brook (4-3)

Date: Sunday, Dec. 6th

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

Location: Carrier Dome

TV: TWC Sports

Quentin Hillsman’s team will be looking for their 71st consecutive non-conference home victory. The Lady Orange haven’t lost to a non-conference opponent in the confines of the Carrier Dome since Hillsman’s first season at the helm in 2006 to Canisius.

The Seawolves are coming off a 58-49 victory over Cornell on Friday night. Defense played a big part in the victory, limiting Big Red to less than 33% shooting for the game and just 21% in the first half. Stony Brook has never defeated a ranked opponent.

Brianna Butler is leading the Orange in scoring this season, dropping in 15.7 points a game. In Wednesday’s road loss, Butler poured in a season-high 22 points against the Terrapins to move up three spots on the Orange’s career scoring list. She now sits at 11th all-time with 1,231 points. 

After never trailing in the South Point Shootout, the Orange never led against Maryland and after a 9-0 run at the end of the first quarter, Syracuse could never pull closer than four points the rest of the way.

Syracuse will boast a distinct height advantage over the Seawolves. The Orange have five players over six feet, including the Day sisters who stand at 6’4”, while Stony Brook has four players at six foot even. 

Even though that would seem to help, the Orange are consistently being beaten on the boards by almost five rebounds a game. And that’s the margin the Seawolves are beating their opponents on the boards.

But when you look at the competition comparison, its no comparison. Syracuse has taken on two top-5 teams in Maryland and Tennessee while Stony Brook’s best opponent to date has been Ole Miss. 

Briana and Bria Day are averaging a combined 11 rebounds a game. The twins should dominate the boards against the smaller Seawolves. 

Expect a defensive battle between these teams. The Orange are forcing almost 23 turnovers a night while the Seawolves force 15 a game. Stony Brook also averages 17 giveaways a game compared to just 13 for the Orange.

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