SYRACUSE, N.Y – Behind the program's first triple-double since the 1983-84 season, the RV/RV Syracuse University women's basketball team recorded a 97-48 victory against Howard on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Senior guard Cornelia Fondren recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds, and a program-record 10 steals.
"Cornelia had the first triple-double in more than 30 years," head coach Quentin Hillsman said. "She did an awesome job of just filling the stat sheet. I am just really happy with the effort of our kids today."
Fondren joined Martha Mogish and Chris Palombi as the only three student-athletes in program history to record triple-doubles in a single game. With 10 steals on the night, the Memphis, Tenn. native matched the Syracuse single-game steals record, which was set by junior guard Alexis Peterson in the season opener at Rhode Island on Nov. 13.
Behind Fondren's effort, Syracuse (9-3, 0-0) erupted for 97 points on Wednesday evening against Howard (2-12). It marked the most points scored by the Orange since the squad set the program record with 113 points against Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 20, 2013.
It was all Orange in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. The visiting Bison took an early 2-0 lead, but would not hold an advantage for the rest of the contest. Syracuse was able to stretch its lead out to 54 points at the end of the fourth quarter, its largest lead during the 2015-16 campaign.
Junior center Briana Day led the team in scoring for the second time in as many days. Day tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double in two days, as well. The Raleigh, N.C. product has registered 46 points and 23 boards in the past 80 minutes of competition.
Redshirt senior guard Maggie Morrison also had a career night. Morrison knocked down four 3-point field goals and finished the contest with a personal-high 14 points. The Millersville, Md. native also swiped four steals, setting a career-best.
Syracuse is back in action on Friday afternoon when it hosts UTRGV in the Carrier Dome. Tipoff is slated for 12 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-888-DOMETIX, or by visiting the Carrier Dome box office (Gate B). The box office will be closed on Dec. 31 and open two hours prior to tipoff on Friday.
POST GAME NOTES
- The Syracuse defense forced 35 turnovers, the most it has caused this season. The Orange came into the contest ranked seventh in the nation in turnovers forced per game.
- The Orange defense collected 26 steals, which was five shy of the program record.
- 12 different Orange players scored points against Howard on Wednesday night, four of whom put up double-figures. The team is a perfect 3-0 when at least four players score at least 10 points during the 2015-16 season.
- Syracuse posted its largest point differential of the season, winning by 49 points.
- SU scored the most points in a contest (97) since Nov. 23, 2013 when it set the program record against Maryland Eastern Shore by scoring 113 points.
- With the win tonight, head coach Quentin Hillsman moves to 198 wins in his coaching career.
- Senior guard Cornelia Fondren recorded the third triple-double in program history. Fondren had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.
- Junior center Briana Day scored in double-digits for the second consecutive game and for the sixth time this season. Day finished with 20 points.
- Redshirt senior guard Maggie Morrison scored a career-high 14 points. Morrison was 5-for-12 from the field and 4-for-11 from beyond the arc.
- Morrison also swiped four steals, setting a personal-best.
- Fondren tied a program-record with 10 steals. Junior guard Alexis Peterson accomplished the feat earlier this season against Rhode Island on Nov. 13.
- Peterson recorded nine assists, which tied her career-high. It is the third time Peterson has tallied nine assists in her career, with the most recent coming against South Carolina on Nov. 28, 2014.
- Junior center Briana Day recorded a double-double for the second straight night. Day had 20 points and 10 rebounds.