STAFF : SU women’s basketball defeats Colgate by 51 in final nonconference matchup

first_imgBehind an offensive outburst from senior forward Iasia Hemingway, Syracuse cruised to an easy 83-32 victory over Colgate on Saturday to wrap up its nonconference schedule. Hemingway shot 10-for-18 from the field for 31 points, nearly matching the total the Raiders scored as a team. She also grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds and hit all 11 of her free-throw attempts.As a team, the Orange (11-4, 0-1 Big East) finished 30-for-70 from the field, shooting 42.9 percent, but it was the inside game that gave SU the win. Syracuse also took care of the basketball, something head coach Quentin Hillsman has been preaching all season, and only turned the ball over 13 times.Syracuse held a solid advantage with rebounds, crashing the glass for a total of 58 boards while the Raiders (3-12) could only get 31. And with such a strong advantage, the Orange scored a staggering 46 points in the paint compared to Colgate’s 12.Perhaps the only blight for SU in the rout was that it took 18 shots from 3-point range, but only sank three of those attempts. Although the Orange’s inside presence was as strong as ever, some of its shooting struggles reappeared throughout the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn addition to Hemingway, Syracuse also got plenty of scoring from guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas, who shot 6-for-11 for 15 points, and also drained two of her five 3-point attempts. Center Kayla Alexander added 12 points, while guard Elashier Hall added nine.For the second consecutive game, Syracuse’s defense clamped down on its opponent and made it close to impossible to score. The Raiders scored only 14 points in the first half. Colgate shot a meager 13-for-60 from the field for 21.7 percent. Kelly Reid and Jhazmine Lynch led the Raiders in scoring with eight points each.In the second half, the Orange jumped out with a 10-0 run with four different players draining baskets, and then a 24-4 run helped Syracuse expand its lead to 28 points. SU’s offense was also bolstered by Hemingway in the second half, as she scored 16 of her 31 points after the intermission.With its nonconference schedule completed, the Orange’s competition is about to get significantly tougher as it opens up its full Big East schedule. Syracuse has already played one conference game, losing 76-72 to West Virginia on Dec. 7.SU heads to Rutgers (11-2) on Tuesday to take on the Scarlet Knights at 9 p.m.—Compiled by Chris Iseman, asst. sports editor, [email protected]  Comments Published on December 30, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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