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SU Women’s Basketball Goes Cold Against Miami in 71-65 Loss

Coming off a win over Pittsburgh last Sunday, Syracuse women’s basketball (9-11, 2-8 ACC) traveled down to Coral Gables to play Miami (12-8, 5-5 ACC). However, the Orange never gained control of the game and eventually fell 71-65.

With another loss, SU women’s hoops are now 1-7 in its last eight games dating back to mid-December. From the opening tip, Miami was able to stymie the Syracuse offense en route to a 29.9% team field goal percentage for the game. SU pulled closer in the second and fourth quarters but never led against the Hurricanes for a single second of game time.

Syracuse’s team field goal percentage marked the team’s third-lowest of the season and included a teamwide 9-32 mark from three-point range. In particular, breakout star guard Teisha Hyman (5-20 shooting, 1-7 from three-point range) and fellow backcourt teammate Chrislyn Carr (2-13 shooting, 0-6 from three-point range) struggled against a tight ‘Canes defense. As a team, the Orange were ultimately outrebounded 53 to 36 and saw its hottest shooter - guard Najé Murray - foul out in the second half.

On the other side of the ball, SU held the Miami offense in check at times and forced 14 Hurricanes turnovers. However, head coach Vonn Read’s squad had major difficulty stopping a former Syracuse standout. Miami forward Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi ended up tying for the ‘Canes lead in points with 14 on a 6-12 shooting night against her former team. In all, the Hurricanes shot 42.9%, racked up 21 assists, and muscled around SU’s defense to outscore the Orange 42 to 16 from inside the paint.

Syracuse’s loss drops the team to 9-11 overall and 2-8 in the ACC. The Orange comes home on Sunday to face No. 4 Louisville inside the Dome. The tipoff for that game is at 12 p.m.