Breaking down the best and the worst from Syracuse women's basketball's 95-49 win over Rhode Island.
Once again, Syracuse has a deep and talented roster. Eight players reached double figures in minutes played with two more playing nine minutes. This is critical to keep players fresh in Quentin Hillsman's system, and they have the talent to do that.
Alexis Peterson showed why she is one of the best in the country. She poured in 28 points on 8-15 shooting, including 5-6 from three-point range. She added five assists and six steals.
Nice to see Isabella Slim play 27 minutes. Last year, she would start and then ride the bench for most of the game. She filled the stat sheet with with eight points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds in 27 minutes.
What a start to her final season for Brittney Sykes. The senior guard did it all with 11 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks. The combination of her and Peterson gives the Orange one of the most talented, athletic and versatile backcourts in college basketball. Sykes hit the outside shot, got into the lane and made plays throughout. She looked fantastic.
Briana Day was a force inside. Rhode Island could not handle her quickness and length. She finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. She got to the free-throw line 13 times.
Syracuse shared the ball very well. They had 22 assists on 29 made baskets. That is a great sign for the rest of the year.
How good was the Orange defense in coach Q's pressure system? They forced a school record 43 turnovers. You read that right. That is not a typo. That's a crazy, crazy number. Syracuse has length, quickness and athleticism all over the roster. That makes the system that much better and more difficult for opponents.
As part of those 43 turnovers, Syracuse totaled 26 steals.
The Orange defense held Rhode Island to just 25% shooting, including 11% from deep.
Syracuse shot just 36% from the floor. Much of that had to do with attempting 45 three-pointers, but they need to be more efficient inside the arc. They were just 12-35 on two-pointers.
Syracuse turned the ball over 24 times themselves, which is far too many.
Despite a talent advantage, Syracuse lost the battle of the boards 53-48.
Freshman Des Elmore was held scoreless in 19 minutes on 0-4 shooting. She will have better days, but it was a bit of an underwhelming debut.
Freshman Gabby Cooper had a solid debut with 12 points. But she was just 4-18 from beyond the arc. The four makes are nice, but she has to be a bit more efficient.