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      Syracuse Orange womens basketball off to best start in school history

      SYRACUSE, NY - The RV/#24 Syracuse women's basketball team is off to the best start in program history after a 75-59 victory against Providence at the Carrier Dome. The win set a new program mark, besting the 2007-08 season record of 17-4 in its first 21 games. Carmen Tyson-Thomas led the Orange (18-3, 6-2 BIG EAST) in scoring with 15 points for the fourth time this season. Tyson-Thomas also led SU in rebounding, with nine grabs. "I was very happy by the effort of the team," Hillsman said. "In the second half, we were able to maintain our offense and keep the intensity. I thought Kayla and Lacie played well for us early. I thought Carmen did a good job around the glass and getting back into the rotation of things after missing last game. I am just really happy where we are and we have to by I Want This" to build on this season, build on what we are doing and get ready for Cincinnati." With the win, the Orange is 10-0 at home this season. After her 11 points today, senior Elashier Hall has 997 career points, while senior Kayla Alexander notched 14 points and seven rebounds in the triumph. Junior Rachel Coffey and Hall each had five assists against the Friars. The Orange shot 36.1 percent from the field against Providence and scored 29 points off of the Friar's 27 turnovers. This is the fifth straight win for SU against the Friars under Hillsman. After five lead changes in the first 12 minutes of the game, the Orange used a 10-0 run to pull away for good. The Friars climbed within two points, 18-16, after a jump shot by Chanise Baldwin. Freshman Brianna Butler answered with a three-point shot which sparked a 10-0 run that lasted 2:37. Butler contributed five points during the run. Prior to the game-changing run, Alexander had six-straight points in the first five minutes of the game that helped the Orange take an 8-7 advantage. Another run by the Orange would propel them to a 40-24 lead. This time, Syracuse put together a 10-2 run starting at 3:26 in the first half. SU held onto a 40-26, lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Syracuse came out of the locker room on an 11-0 run that lasted the first 2:23 minutes of the second half to take a lead of 51-26. The Orange held the Friars to zero points for the first 4:30 of the first half until Symone Roberts scored a layup. With 7:16 remaining in the game, Syracuse was up 68-43 after six-straight points from Tyson-Thomas. In the final six minutes of the game, the Orange added onto its advantage, thanks to five points from Hall. Syracuse defeated the Friars, 75-59. The Orange hit the road for two games, traveling Cincinnati on Feb. 5th, at 7 p.m. and Georgetown on Feb. 12th at 8 p.m.

      Courtesy: SU Athletics