Syracuse Women’s Basketball Gets Eliminated by Clemson in the First Round of the ACC Tournament 88-69
By Adam Cohen
Citrus TV Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter
Greensboro, N.C. – The Orange got upset by the Lady Tigers Wednesday afternoon 88-69. This loss knocked SU out of the ACC tournament and most likely ended its season.
Despite the third straight 20+ point performance from Teisha Hyman, the Cuse couldn’t pull out the win. They shot just a touch below 40% from the field, but 17% from downtown. They were shooting under 10% from three for most of the game but hit a few timely threes in the fourth quarter to bring the game closer.
SU got it as close as four points in the early part of the fourth quarter, but then the shooting woes reared their ugly head again. Syracuse also committed a bunch of untimely fouls giving Clemson the ball and allowing them to score.
Chrislyn Carr had a nice game putting up her second straight 20-point game and was the only player on the team to hit more than one shot from deep. The senior from Davenport, Iowa, said Sunday she hasn’t decided about returning next season.
The rebounding issues that plagued SU were once again an issue on Wednesday. The Cuse got out-rebounded 43-30. They gave up 11 rebounds to Clemson guard Delicia Washington and allowed her to put up 33 points en route to a double-double. The Clemson forwards, Hannah hank and Amari Robinson, had 17 rebounds combined. No Syracuse player grabbed more than eight rebounds.
The future for the Orange isn’t all that bright, while Teisha Hyman is hopefully locked into the starting lineup for next year, the other four starters are currently seniors or graduate students. Alaysia Styles and Naje Murray are all but guaranteed to be gone, and Christianna Carr, in addition to Chrislyn Carr, has a decision to make about returning.
Syracuse also has a decision to make on the future of current Acting Head Coach Vonn Read. The former assistant Coach replaced Quentin Hillsman for the season, but it remains to be seen if the school will remove the “acting” term from Vonn Read’s title.
The Orange finish the season at 11-18 overall, 4-14 in ACC play. It was not the season anyone on the team had hoped for, and with an offseason of uncertainty upcoming, things could get interesting for the Syracuse Women’s Basketball program.