SYRACUSE, N.Y – The RV/RV Syracuse University women's basketball team closed non-conference competition with a 91-32 thrashing of UTRGV on Friday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. With its victory against the Vaqueros, Syracuse scored at least 90 points for the second straight game for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
"We played pretty well obviously," head coach Quentin Hillsman stated. "I was happy with our tempo and we were able to spread our minutes around. Overall, it was a good effort by our team."
The Orange (10-3) came out firing against UTRGV (8-7) on New Year's Day. Syracuse scored the first 18 points of the contest, marking its longest scoring run of the 2015-16 season. The squad knocked down four 3-point field goals in that stretch, including two from senior guard Brianna Butler.
SU eventually extended its lead to 63 points with 3:03 remaining in regulation, claiming its largest advantage of the year. Never in doubt, the team was able to secure the victory and claim 10 non-conference wins in the regular season for the ninth consecutive season.
Butler paced the team in scoring for the fifth time this year, scoring 19 points. The King of Prussia, Pa. native finished with five 3-point field goals made on the day and now has made 286 3-pointers in her collegiate career.
Junior guard Alexis Peterson finished with 14 points, her 11th game this season with at least 10 points. Junior center Briana Day, freshman guard Abby Grant, and redshirt senior guard Maggie Morrison all scored nine points, as well.
Syracuse opens Atlantic Coast Conference competition on Sunday afternoon against No. 12/12 Duke at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
The Orange will host its annual Youth Day on Sunday. All youth, 12 years old and under, will receive free admission to the game. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-888-DOMETIX, or by visiting the Carrier Dome box office (Gate B).
- Syracuse finished its non-conference portion of its 2015-16 regular-season schedule with a 10-3 overall record. This is the ninth consecutive season the Orange has posted at least 10 wins in non-conference play in the regular season.
- The Orange scored 37 points in the first quarter, the most it has scored in any quarter this season.
- Syracuse recorded its largest margin of victory on Friday afternoon, winning by 59 points. Its previoushigh came two days earlier against Howard when the Orange won by 49 points.
- 12 different Orange players scored points, two whom put up double-figures.
- Head coach Quentin Hillsman, now in his 10th season at the helm of the Orange program, is now one victory shy of 200 career wins. Hillsman owns a 199-111 overall record.
- Freshman guard Abby Grant matched her career-high with nine points. Grant shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
- Senior guard Brianna Butler led the Orange in scoring, registering 19 points. This is the fifth time this season Butler has led Syracuse in the scoring category and the 32nd time of her career.
- Junior guard Alexis Peterson notched 14 points. This is the 11th time this season that Peterson scored in double-digits.
- Junior forward Isabella Slim led Syracuse in rebounding for the first time this season. Slim grabbed nine boards, which was one shy of her personal-best.
- Senior forward Aliyah Parris made her Orange debut on Friday afternoon against UTRGV