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Syracuse holds off UVA for fifth straight win, 85-79

CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. — No. 19 Syracuse women’s basketball (22-4, 12-3 ACC) defeated Virginia (12-13, 4-10 ACC), 85-79, on Sunday in Charlottesvillle, Va. The Orange secured their sixth ACC road win of the year, thanks to 12 made shots from behind the three-point arc. SU has earned its first 12-win ACC season since 2018-19 and picks up its fourth consecutive win against the Cavaliers.

Junior Georgia Woolley and fifth-year guard Dyaisha Fair combined for 59 points in the game, while also leading the Orange with five assists a piece. Fair scored 33 points, her third 30+ point game of the season, while Woolley scored 26 points, her second consecutive game with 20+ points and her sixth of the season. Graduate student Alaina Rice led the team with nine rebounds, dishing two assists and swiping two steals as well to add to her 10 points.

Virginia had four double-digit scorers, led by Camryn Taylor with 20 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Rice opened scoring for the Orange with a trey, backed up shortly by a jumper from Fair and a fast break three from Woolley. The 8-0 run to start put Syracuse in front and the Orange never trailed. SU led by as much as 18 points in the quarter thanks to a three pointer from Fair.

Virginia walked the lead down to as little as four points in the fourth quarter, before a Fair jumper and two perfect trips to the free throw line extended the lead back to 10.

IT’S RAINING THREES
‘Cuse made 12 three pointers in the contest, led by five made treys from Dyaisha Fair. The last time SU had 12 made three pointers in a contest was last year’s game against the Cavaliers on Jan. 26, 2023. Dyaisha Fair shot a then-program record eight treys from beyond the arc to give her her first 30-point game in a Syracuse uniform. Today’s 12 made threes was the first time Syracuse have made double-digit threes in a game since Jan. 21’s road win against Pitt.

OF NOTE

SU improves to 22-4 overall and 12-3 in the ACC

The Orange are 11-5 all time against Virginia earning the fourth consecutive victory.

Syracuse head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is now 2-0 against her former Hofstra player Amaka Agugua-Hamilton.

Dyaisha Fair scored 33 to lead the Orange in scoring, making five shots from beyond the arc.

The Orange shot 60% from downtown in the win.

‘Cuse led for over 39 minutes of the contest.

UP NEXT
Syracuse returns home to the JMA Wireless Dome next week for a pair of games. SU will first face Duke on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., followed by a contest against Pitt on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra (ACCNX), with Sunday’s game against Pitt being Senior Day for the Orange.

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