SYRACUSE, N.Y. -
The Syracuse women's basketball team extended its non-conference home winning streak to 52 games with a 64-51 triumph against Washington State (3-7). Senior Kayla Alexander led the Orange (11-1) offense with 18 points, while fellow senior Elashier Hall notched 13 points.
"I'm very happy with the win," said head coach Quentin Hillsman. "This time of the year with Christmas time and our players going home for Christmas and the holidays, these are tough games to play in general."
Carmen Tyson-Thomas (11 points) and Brianna Butler (10 points) each hit two 3-pointers and gave SU four players in double figures.
A 3-point bucket by Carmen Tyson-Thomas at 11:15 in the first half, giving SU a 13-12 lead, was the beginning of a 14-0 scoring run that put the Orange in control, 24-12. SU's run included five points by Hall, who scored a 3-point basket and a layup. The Orange would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Orange defense stood strong, holding the Cougars scoreless for 6:13 until Carly Noyes scored a layup at 5:58, cutting SU's lead to 10 points, 24-16.
Washington State put together a 10-3 run with 5:03 left in the half, making the halftime score 27-22.
In the second half, the Orange continued to build its lead after Alexander completed a 3-point play at 14:13, putting SU up, 43-28. Alexander's three points came during a 10-0 run by SU.
The Orange took its largest lead of the night, holding a 20 point advantage, 56-36, following a layup by Alexander at 5:47.
Another run by the Cougars, this time 11-2, pulled them within 11, but the Orange secured the victory after two free throws by Hall with 19 seconds remaining.
Syracuse held a 41-35 advantage on the boards, led by seven each from Alexander, Hall and Tyson-Thomas.
SU returns to the Carrier Dome on December 30 at 1 p.m. to take on Boise State.
Courtesy: SU Athletics