LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 25/21 Syracuse women’s basketball team made it a five-point game with 9:23 remaining in regulation, but ultimately fell short in a 91-76 loss at No. 8/8 Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday night.
HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Down seven points at halftime, Louisville (13-2) outscored Syracuse (9-5), 21-2, in the opening 5:23 of the second half and never would trail for the rest of regulation. The Cardinals did not hold a lead in the first two quarters of the game.
The Orange stormed out of the gates on Thursday night. Syracuse held a 12-point advantage at 4:13 mark in the first quarter, mainly due to four 3-point field goals made. From there, the team’s lead dwindled until the Cardinals decisive run in the third period.
“They (Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes) played well. We have to get more productivity. We have to get some other people scoring the basketball. Right now, we have two players that are scoring and we are not getting much from anywhere else.”
Senior guard Alexis Peterson finished with 31 points in the conference opener. The Columbus, Ohio native moved into sixth place on the program’s all-time scoring list, passing Felisha Legette. She now has 1,537 points in her career.
It marked her third-straight game with at least 25 points scored, as well. Peterson has scored in double-digits in 34 consecutive outings, as well. In that stretch, she has averaged 20.1 points per game.
Redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes recorded 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds against the Cardinals. Sykes secured her fifth double-double of the 2016-17 season and 10th of her collegiate career.
Freshman guard Gabby Cooper knocked down three 3-point field goals en route to an 11-point outing. Cooper ranks fourth on the club with seven games with at least 10 points this year.
Syracuse will return to the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome for the first time in nearly a month when it hosts Virginia on Monday night. The conference tilt is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start.