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Syracuse women’s basketball tops Pitt, 72-59

PITTSBURGH, PA (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) — The Orange are 16-2 and off to their best start since the 2012-13 season. Second-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and her squad are 6-1 in the ACC, the best start in conference play since SU joined the ACC, following Sunday’s 72-59 road win at Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center.

Dyaisha Fair led the Orange with 22 points and is now tied for 10th with Ashley Joens (Iowa State) on the NCAA Division I career scoring list. Fair was joined by Georgia Woolley who had 20 points for her fourth 20-point game of the season. Alaina Rice added 13 points and four steals while Fair led the team in assists with six.

Pittsburgh was led by Liatu King who had a game-high 27 points shooting 12-for-19 from the field. Jala Jordan and Bella Perkins also scored in double figures for the 6-13 (0-6 ACC) Panthers.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Syracuse used an 11-0 run to take a 23-20 lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Fair had 12 of her 14 first-half points in the second quarter, shooting 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Pittsburgh cut it to 44-38 in the third quarter but SU’s frontcourt dominated the boards down the stretch while the Orange limited King to just seven second-half points.

WILSON’S BEST
Saniaa Wilson had her best rebounding performance of the season with 12 boards. She grabbed eight offensive rebounds while pouring in nine points, finishing one point shy of her first double-double of the season.

WOOLLEY’S BACK
Georgia Woolley scored 20 points in the win, shooting 8-for-18 with three three-pointers. She added three rebounds and three steals in the win.

OF NOTE

  • Syracuse’s 16-2 start is its best start since the Orange began the 2012-13 season with the same record.
  • The 6-1 start in the ACC is the best for the Orange, who had previously started 4-1.
  • The Orange have now won five straight games with the win over Pittsburgh.
  • Syracuse improves to 52-19 all-time against the Panthers and has won 25-straight games in the series.

NEXT UP
Syracuse remains on the road to face No. 19 Notre Dame on Thursday in South Bend, Indiana. Tipoff against the Irish is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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