SU Women dominate Saint Joseph's inside for forth straight win

PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Kayla Alexander poured in 23 and 20 points, respectively, to lead --/rv Syracuse women's basketball (4-0) to a 80-39 victory at Saint Joseph's (2-2) on Tuesday at Hagan Arena.

The Orange controlled the game by dominating inside, outrebounding the Hawks, 61-31, and outscoring them in the paint, 36-8, while converting 28 second-chance points off 26 offensive rebounds. It was SU's first game of 60-plus rebounds since grabbing 63 against Coppin State on Dec. 10, 2011.

Playing in her hometown, Tyson-Thomas tied her career-high in scoring and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to record her 21st career double-double in the Orange's third straight victory on the road, this time beating the Hawks who were coming off a 50-49 upset of No. 5 Maryland on Saturday.

Alexander recorded a near-triple-double with 20 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks. She ran her career points total to 1,536, passing Felisha Legette (1,526) for fourth all-time at Syracuse.

Freshman Brianna Butler, from nearby King of Prussia, scored eight points for the Orange, while Elashier Hall and Rachel Coffey each added seven points. Hall also hauled in 10 rebounds while Coffey dished out a game-high six assists.

SU took control from the start, opening the game on a 9-0 run in which it held SJU scoreless for the first 5:43. After five-straight Hawk points, the Orange went on another run, this time a 19-2 spurt, capped off by a Tyson-Thomas 3-pointer, making it 28-7 with 8:58 remaining in the opening half.

After leading 45-16 at halftime, Syracuse saw Saint Joseph's go on a 9-2 run early in the second half, but the Orange immediately responded by running off 10-straight points, including back-to-back 3-point plays by Tyson-Thomas and Alexander, to make it 62-28 with 11:50 left before cruising to a 80-39 win.

The Orange next heads to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout on Nov. 23-24. Syracuse plays Georgia Tech on Friday at noon ET and faces Virginia on Saturday at 2:30 ET.