Briana Day put up a career-high 31 points as the No. 24 Syracuse women’s basketball team cruised to their eleventh-straight victory in the Dome with the 93-65 win over the University of Pittsburgh Thursday night.
The Orange boost to their record to 16-7 on the season. Their 7-3 record against ACC opponents lands them in sixth place in the conference standings with six games left to go on the regular season schedule.
Although Pittsburgh sits in the bottom half of those standings, the Panthers proved to be worthy opponents to the Orange, especially through the first 20 minutes of the match. They were up 18-17 after the first quarter.
Syracuse led by just six points, 42-36, as each team headed to the locker room at halftime. But, that was as close as it was going to get.
The Orange went on a 23-0 run to begin the third. Brittney Sykes started it off with a shot from behind the arc from Alexis Peterson. Sykes had 25 points on the day and Peterson led both teams with seven assists.
Pittsburgh stayed hand-in-hand with SU in the fourth. But, that third-quarter magic from the Orange offense locked in the 93-65 conquest.
Not only did Briana Day score 31 points, she did so with an 80 field goal percentage. She was 12 of 15 from the floor and led both teams with 14 rebounds.
The Orange shot 52.6 percent (10-19) from three-point range, the highest of the season. Gabby Cooper played a factor in that—five of her nine shots from the distance went through the hoop. The team did, however, shoot its third-least number of threes in a game this season. Syracuse averages right around 29 attempts per game. Pitt was able to rack up 26 attempts from downtown but only landed eight of them.
With the loss, Pittsburgh falls to 12-9 on the season and 3-5 against conference opponents. The Panthers have yet to win a conference game on the road.
This win marked Head Coach Quentin Hillsman’s 235th win for the Orange.
SU has just six games left on the regular-season schedule and will spend three of those on the road and three at the Dome. Next, they take on Boston College Sunday at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Orange will meet Pittsburgh one last time to finish off the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 26.