Weekly Record: 1-0
The Lady Orange had plenty of time to stew over a 61-54 loss to Arizona State to end the longest non-conference home court winning streak in the country. With a 65-49 victory over Jacksonville, they started a new streak. They never trailed against the Dolphins, taking the lead on a three by Isabella Slim two minutes into the game, and saw the lead grow to as much as 27 before settling in for the victory to improve to 7-3 on the season.
Brianna Butler led the team 16 points and Brittey Sykes showed what she can do, going for 11 and 10 in the victory.
Stars of the Week
Brianna Butler: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 4-8 3-pts
The senior guard poured in 16 points in the victory over Jacksonville and is now just 9 points shy of moving into 9th place on the Syracuse scoring list. Consistency has been the name of the game this season for Butler, scoring in double figures in all but one game (6 points against Stony Brook). She's shooting 31% from 3-point range and is averaging 14 points a night. Coach Quinten Hillsman has said she has taken more of a leadership role this year in helping a team with high expectations succeed.
Brittney Sykes: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists
A one-time WNBA hopeful, Sykes season is starting to get back on track. After missing 30 games last season, she has played in and started all 10 games for the Orange this year and is averaging nearly 29 minutes a game. She had her first real dominant performance of the season against the Dolphins in scoring 11 points and tearing down a season-high 10 rebounds. With more performances like this, her professional aspirations might not be gone.
Lowlight of the Week
Briana Day: At 6-4, Day towers over most of her opponents and should be able to parlay that height advantage to a dominating performance. But so far this season, she's only been able to put in 9 points and 7 rebounds a game, without a single double digit rebounding game. Monday night, she had 6 points and 8 boards, but also turned the ball over 8 times. She has got to be able to protect the ball to get touches inside and turn that into a dominating performer like she can be.
The Lady Orange have the next week off before taking the court again on December 29 against the Drexel Dragons. That is the first game of a three games in four nights stretch to end non-conference play for Syracuse.