Four wins in six days is impressive no matter who the competition is. When every game is won by 20 or more points including taking out the 12th ranked team in the country, that makes the week that much sweeter.
After having eight days off, the Lady Orange had three final non-conference games to close 2015 and open 2016 in a four day stretch. All three were easy victories, taking out Drexel 83-62 on Tuesday, bullying Howard 97-48 on Wednesday and rining in 2016 with a 91-32 stomping of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Friday. Against Howard, Cornelia Fondren had just the third triple-double in program history, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.
To finish off the week, Syracuse took it to then No. 12 Duke, coming away with an 86-50 thrashing in the ACC opener for both teams. There were plenty of highlights this week for an impressive showing from the Lady Orange.
Highlights of the Week
Briana Day: 61 points, 36 rebounds, 8 blocks, 7 steals, 82 minutes
Briana Day could not have played better this week. She came away with her first two career double-doubles against Drexel and Howard, having a career night against the Dragons, finishing with a career-high 26 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. She followed that up the next night with a 20-10 game against Howard in only 17 minutes. After that, her offensive production decreased, but he continued to have an impact on the game on the defensive end. Against UTRGV, she finished with nine points, four rebounds and two blocks in a season-low 12 minutes because the game was in had so early. Against the Blue Devils, a team the Lady Orange had never beaten, Day stepped up against defensively, finishing with four blocks and a career-high four steals. A career week for Day paced the Lady Orange.
Alexis Peterson: 56 points, 13 rebounds, 34 assists, 10 steals, 124 minutes, 6 turnovers
Peterson can do just about everything for Syracuse. She can score, dropping double digit games in all four games this week. She can rebound, pulling down six against Howard. She creates offense with her defense, finishing with four steals in back-to-back games against Drexel and Howard. And boy can she pass the ball, coming away with at least six assists in all four games this week. She even set a new career-high with 13 assists in the victory over Duke. Her only knock is she isn't a particularly good shooter, but when you do everything else she does, she doesn't really need to be a great shooter.
Maggie Morrison: 51 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 13 steals
One of the first people off the bench for the Orange, Morrison is a high-energy defender that can stroke it from downtown. She started off the week rough, going just 1-8 from the field, finishing with three points against Drexel. But, as a shooter, she kept shooting and woke up out of her slump, going for 14 points against Howard and nine against UTRGV. When Duke came to town, Morrison couldn't miss. She finished with a career-high 25 points on 8-13 shooting, hitting SEVEN three-pointers in just 16 minutes.
In a week like this, there were no lowlights. Everything went the Lady Orange's way. Seldom used freshmen and walk-ons got to play in blowouts and give starters a rest.
After playing that much this week, just having two games will be a treat for the Lady Orange. Syracuse makes the trip down to Chapel Hill to take on the perenially dangerous North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday night. Sunday, the Orange return to the Dome to take on Virginia Tech.