SU Women push win streak to nine games, down Colgate by 40 points

Syracuse sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia prepares for the opening tip-off of Wednesday night's game against Colgate.

The Syracuse University women's basketball team entered its game Wednesday night with an undefeated 8-0 record, led by Australian-born sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia.

The Orange met the Colgate Raiders out of the Patriot League, and would cruise to victory.

However, the Raiders would take the initial lead due to knocking down the first three-pointer of the game, but from there, Syracuse raced ahead and took the advantage.

Led by Mangakahia at the point, the Orange outscored the Raiders 27-10 in the first quarter.

Freshman center Digna Strautmane's 7 points, along with the crafty passing from Mangakahia, who would dish out 4 assists in the opening quarter, were the focal points of the Orange surge.

Syracuse kept its foot on the gas pedal throughout, going into halftime with a whopping 51-16 lead.

SU head coach Quentin Hillsman reiterated after the game that he was upset with aspects of his coaching performance in the second half of the Stony Brook game, and wanted to make sure that his team was playing hard during all facets of the game Wednesday night.

"We have 10 or 11 newcomers that have never played college basketball here at Syracuse University, but they're playing in their first nine games and won them all. So it says a lot about them and it says a lot about our team -- also a lot about the effort that they're giving us."

"We do say let's keep this winning streak going, to stay and have energy, pursuing what we want to do next," Mangakahia said. "But, yeah, we just have to stick to what we do and we know what that is, so for us to keep this winning streak going."

Binghamton native Miranda Drummond led all scorers with 18 points in Syracuse's 79-39 win over Colgate, bringing the Orange to 9-0 on the season.

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