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      USF Coach defends Quentin Hillsman with demonstration

      Coach Quentin Hillsman

      After The SU Womens basketball team beat South Florida, as expected, Coach Quentin Hillsman was asked about the allegations of sexual harrasment made by former player Lynnae Lampkins "The allegations are not true" Hillsman said.

      "They are very hurtful to my family, to our players, to our university." Hillsman added. Erica Morrow and Carmen Tyson-Thomas, the two Orange players made available to the media, came to "Q's" defense as well.

      Perhaps the most animated defense came from South Florida Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, a good friend of Hillsman's, addressed the allegations that Coach Q "slapped butts" and "chest bumped" team members. Typing his response, doesn't do it justice, you'll have to click the video player to watch.

      For a full story on the game, here's SU Athletics release on the win:

      SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore center Kayla Alexander recorded 17 points to lead Syracuse (16-4, 4-3) to a decisive 78-57 victory against BIG EAST conference foe South Florida (10-12, 1-7) on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Senior guard Erica Morrow tallied 13 points to move into third on the SU career scoring charts.

      With the win, Syracuse has sealed its fourth-consecutive winning season for the first time since it posted six-straight from 1984-85 to 1989-90. It also marks the first three-game BIG EAST win streak for the Orange since the 2007-08 season.

      "I'm very happy with the win," head coach Quentin Hillsman said. "We came out and played a really, really tough game. To come out and play against a team like South Florida with very good guards that can put the ball on the floor, we did a good job of closing them out and limiting their shots. I'm very happy with the effort, getting five players in double figures is huge. It is so important to win on your home court in the BIG EAST; it is a big win for our program, a big win for us."

      Alexander and Morrow were just two of five SU players in double-figure scoring. Elashier Hall, Iasia Hemingway and Shakeya Leary netted 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively, in Saturday's contest. The squad capitalized on USF turnovers, scoring 22 points on 20 miscues. The Orange also dominated the Bulls in the paint with a 36-18 advantage. The Orange got off to an aggressive start in the first half, taking advantage of four early USF fouls and outscoring the Bulls 23-5 through the first 7:30 of play.

      With the Bulls threatening a momentum shift thanks to two three-point field goals by forward Leondra Doomes-Stephens, the teams traded turnovers and fouls until Morrow netted a deep three to extend the Orange lead to 35-17. Leary followed with a layup to give SU a 20-point advantage, its largest of the half. Trading buckets for the rest of the half, Hall hit a free throw just before the Bulls' Andrea Smith sank her third three-point jumper of the game to send the teams to their locker rooms with SU up 45-32.

      Syracuse broke open the second half after almost two scoreless minutes of play with an Alexander layup down low and a Morrow three-pointer, as both teams came out slow off of the break. Despite the back-and-forth nature of the half, the Orange was able to maintain at least a 12-point buffer. Freshman guard La'Shay Taft netted a pair of free throws late in the half, making it a 75-51 and giving the Orange its largest lead of the game, with 2:37 remaining. SU maintained its advantage through the remainder of regulation, sealing the 78-57 win.

      The Orange women will open a two-game road trip on February 1, when they travel to Notre Dame to take on the Irish at 7 p.m.