Syracuse Women’s Basketball Squeezes Past Le Moyne in Lone Exhibition Game
By Nick Luttrell
CitrusTV Women’s Basketball Beat Reporter
With 10 newcomers on this years team, it was obvious that inexperience playing together could be an issue for Syracuse – and that surly was shown today as SU narrowly defeated Le Moyne 73-70. After the game Head Coach Felisha Legette Jack was generally positive about her team’s effort, but also said they have some work to do.
More specifically, Coach Jack pointed out the improvements the forwards are her team must make going forward.
“We didn’t do the best job. I’m a big coach and our guys are flying around and they’re really good, I don’t really coach those guards. Our bigs gotta get better, we gotta get a LOT better,” Legette-Jack said. “66 rebounds, you see that might you say ‘oh wow you’re really hard on the bigs’ yes I am, I expect WAY more.”
“I expect double-doubles by two or three players – how you do that, you get the rebound, you put it back in, you don’t get the put back you make the free throws. We are getting ready to have some fun with our bigs because we know – they know, they know they’re better than that and we’re gonna have to help get them where they need to be,” Legette-Jack said.
One player that struggled early on in the game was Buffalo transfer Dyaisha Fair. The senior came alive, though, in the second half scoring 12 of her 19 total points.
“I realized early that my shot wasn’t falling so I was trying to figure out what to do until it fell. So I just pass the ball more and like I said, get my bigs involved and get the other guards going,” Fair said. “Continue to uplift the team as a whole until I could find my rhythm on the offensive end. Just finding out or figuring out what is working for me if I’m not going offensively.”
It wasn’t the prettiest of wins for the Orange today but the good news for them: this was just an exhibition game and the real season starts on Monday. The Orange will be right back here inside the JMA Dome facing off against Stony Brook at 7 o’clock.