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Saturday, Jan 14, 2023 at 8:13 am

Syracuse Women’s Basketball Blasts Boston College 83-73 on the Road

By Jesse Cook | @JesseCookTV

Forcing the Syracuse Women’s Basketball Team outside of the paint worked adversely for Boston College as the Orange toppled the Eagles 83-73 in Chestnut Hill, MA thanks to three-point efficiency.

S.U. shot the lights out in the Conte Forum, drilling eight triples, four of which came in the third quarter alone. That marks the fifth time this season that the Cuse has hit eight or more shots from beyond the arc, as well as the third time against an A.C.C. opponent and the third time on the road.

Syracuse head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said that in-game adjustments like moving to the outside shot is all a part of keeping her players’ heads in the game. She said, “I tell these young people that we’ve been through too much to worry about all the things that Boston College did or the things that we could have done, but didn’t. Let’s just stay in the moment and lock in as a family and rise as one.”

“I’m just so proud that it’s not about the five players out there, it’s whoever can put on orange and represent,” continued Legette-Jack.

A consistent standout has been guard Dyaisha Fair. The Buffalo transfer has led the Orange in points in 12 different games this season. In 11 of those tilts, she also outscored everyone else on the court on both teams.

Thursday night was no different as Fair finished as the only player with more than 20 points, dropping 25 for the third time in the 2022-23 campaign.

Legette-Jack said that the senior’s place on the squad shows in her leadership in the locker room. She said that Fair brings, “Stability. You know [Dyaisha Fair] brings a fire and that tenacity of purpose, and she’s just an incredible player, and she understands the system, and she believes in what we’re doing.”

Legette-Jack and Fair both came to Syracuse after time at the University at Buffalo where Legette-Jack coached for 10 years and Fair played for three. The coach said, “I’m so grateful for her. And she’s not had her best game yet. Her best is yet to come.”

Fair has led the Cuse in scoring in three-straight contests. Her squad’s next game brings S.U. back to the Dome. No. 7 Notre Dame rolls into Syracuse at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Fighting Irish stand at a menacing 13-2, 4-1 in A.C.C. play. The Orange are not far behind with a 13-4 total record and a 4-2 mark in conference play. Both of N.D.’s losses came to other ranked opponents with No. 9 Maryland and No. 22 North Carolina. Notre Dame has also topped No. 4 UConn and No. 13 Virginia Tech.

Syracuse’s one ranked battle ended in a tight 56-54 loss to then No. 6 N.C. State (now unranked).