Women’s Basketball Dominates Coppin State on Education Day

Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsmanm yells to his players in the fourth quarter of a second round women’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament against Albany in Syracuse, N.Y., Sunday, March 20, 2016. Syracuse won 76-59. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)
Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 4:31 am by

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Today marked the first annual “Education Day” in the Carrier Dome, and the Syracuse Women’s basketball team schooled Coppin State in a 76-30 win.

The Orange embarrassed its opponents in front of nearly 3,932 fans, the third largest crowd in Syracuse women’s basketball history.  The win improves the team’s record to a modest 7-3.

Coach Q’s squad felt the home court advantage, storming out to a 26-2 lead at the half.  The Orange defense almost pulled out a clean sheet in the time frame as Coppin State’s first bucket came with eight seconds left to play in the half.

Familiar faces dominated the offensive scene for the Orange.  Alexis Peterson led the scoring charge for SU with 16 points in 29 minutes.  Her solid effort marks the sixth straight time she’s led her offense in scoring.

Peterson’s backcourt mate Brittney Sykes also recorded a strong performance, chipping in 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Senior center Briana Day led the Orange in rebounding with 14.  Her work on the glass paced Syracuse to a season high 50 rebounds in the game.

26 of Coppin State’s 30 points were scored between two players, Tiara Goode and Keena Samuels.  They finished with 15 and 11 points respectively.

The Syracuse women’s basketball team returns to action this Saturday with a matchup against Niagara.  Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.