Balanced scoring lifts SU Women over Pittsburgh in front of 8,000-plus fans

Gabrielle Cooper speaks to the fans following Syracuse's 70-52 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon from the Carrier Dome.

The Syracuse University women's basketball team rebounded on Sunday afternoon, dispatching the Pittsburgh Panthers, 70-52.

The Orange was led by a balanced scoring effort across the board with four players scoring in double figures.

Tiana Mangakahia and Amaya Finklea led the Orange with 14 points apiece, while Gabrielle Cooper and Digna Strautmane each tallied 12 points.

Syracuse led 44-31 at the half, adding to its lead in the second half due in large part to Mangakahia's seven assists.

The win puts the Orange back in the win column, improving to 15-5 overall and 3-4 in ACC play.

Sunday's victory arrived in front of the biggest crowd of the season, as 8,126 fans packed the stands for the game with Pittsburgh.

"It was a team win," Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game. "We had four players in double figures scoring. That's huge for us. Any time we can get the ball in the basket and apply our pressure, we're going to be pretty good. I thought today was a classic example of how Syracuse Basketball needs to be played: Uptempo, fast and maximum pressure."

"We all got together and had a talk this week, and we told everyone that we need to keep that home winning streak," Orange sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia explained. "We don't want anyone to be able to come here and beat us on our home court."

Syracuse will host the Clemson Tigers on Thursday night at 7 p.m. from the Carrier Dome.

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