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Friday, Nov 11, 2022 at 10:10 am

Rice Shines in SU’s 72-48 Victory Over Colgate

By Nick Luttrell | @nickluttie

CitrusTV Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter
Coming into this season, there was lots of moving parts within the Syracuse Women’s Basketball team. But one of the few returning players that often goes unnoticed? Alaina Rice – who scored a team-high 16 points to lead SU to a 72 to 48 win over Colgate on Thursday night. After the game, Coach Jack made sure to praise Rice’s patience.

“I think that she’s really a young lady who’s sat back and waited her turn, instead of kicking the door down and saying I am here and you’re gonna see me,” First-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. “I’m not allowing her to hide. I think that she’s a young lady that says ‘wow you’re really going to give me this opportunity?’ And the answer is unequivocally yes. She earned it all pre-season long, she was the young lady that finished in the top three so this is her time to shine and we’re not going to let her hide anymore. “

Rice finished with 16 points on 6-7 shooting, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. She felt like it was just her time for a breakout game.

“I don’t know I just think hey this is my time, ya know what I mean? When it’s your time, it’s your time,” Rice said. “You go out there and show them what the world and I kept running the floor and I kept getting after it. I think I just went out there and played my game. I think just me giving myself confidence, just going out there and really taking the shots I know I can make which made me the better player I was today and it clearly showed.”

Along with Alaina Rice’s flawless performance, the Orange also dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Raiders 40 to 18.

Coach Jack’s reaction to this: “We can do better”

Syracuse will surly have opportunities to continue getting better at points in the paint as its next test will come at the hands of Binghamton on Monday night at 7.