Syracuse Takes Saint Francis to School in Front of Record Crowd

Thursday, Dec 21, 2023 at 4:04 pm by Sports Editor

By Andrew Della Piana | @dellie_5

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – 9,109. That was the number of fans in the JMA Wireless Dome on Thursday, including over 8,000 students and chaperones who came out to support the Orange.Syracuse women’s basketball (10-1, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) put on a show in the annual School Day game to cruise past Saint Francis (1-11, 0-0 Northeast Conference) 85-43. SU has now gone four straight seasons without losing a non-conference game at home. 

Syracuse opened on a 23-0 run for over eight minutes before Saint Francis scored with its first bucket roughly two minutes left in the first quarter. After leading 26-6 after 10 minutes, the Orange outscored the Red Flash 19-9 in the second to take the largest lead of the season in the half at 30 points.

The Orange had five players score at least ten points for the fourth time this season (Georgia Woolley, Dyaisha Fair, Alaina Rice, Alyssa Latham, and Kyra Wood). It is also the second game in the campaign in which three players recorded a double-double (Rice, Latham, and Wood). 

Leading the way with 19 points today, Woolley reached 1,000 points in her collegiate career. Even better, her family from Australia was there to watch her play for just the second time in her collegiate career. Overall, she now has seven double-digit scoring performances in eight games played this season. 

With her 17 points this morning, Fair is now the 20th-highest scorer in Division I history. With 2,900 career points, the Rochester native is currently second only to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark among the list of NCAA career active scoring leaders.

SU has its first conference game of the season against No. 14 Notre Dame on New Year’s Eve. There are currently seven ACC teams in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the most of any conference. 

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