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Syracuse aims to stay hot against Binghamton

Syracuse guard Alaina Rice smiles during Syracuse’s win over Colgate
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Alaina Rice recorded a team-high 16 points against Colgate on Thursday

Syracuse women’s basketball looks to improve to 3-0 on the season when it plays host to Binghamton in the JMA Wireless Dome on Monday night.

The Orange are coming off a statement win over Colgate on Thursday evening. Syracuse beat the Raiders 72-48 behind double digit performances by four different players.

The Orange had struggled offensively prior to this game, having shot just 39% from the field in their home-opener against Stony Brook a few days prior. They managed to raise their field goal percentage to 46.6% against Colgate, something that undoubtedly aided in their victory.

Senior guard Alaina Rice led the team with 16 points. This is Rice’s second year with the team after transferring from Auburn before the 2021-22 season. She played for Florida A&M the year before.

Dariauna Lewis attempts a layup over a Colgate defender
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Dariauna Lewis recorded her second straight double-double in Syracuse’s victory over Colgate

Continuing her trend of defensive dominance, senior forward Dariauna Lewis recorded a double-double for the second straight game against the Raiders. Lewis transferred to Syracuse from Alabama A&M this year, also having played one season with Missouri State.

Like the Orange, Binghamton is 2-0, having beaten Bloomsburg University and Army so far this season. They are led by senior forward Clare Traeger, who has averaged 15 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game this season, both team highs.

It’s worth noting that one of the Bearcats’ wins comes over a Division II school in Bloomsburg University, meaning they have only faced one Division I opponent this season. However, Traeger poses a unique threat that the Orange have yet to face.

She is dominant on both ends of the court, meaning the Orange will have to keep her contained for the entirety of the game. Senior guard Denai Bowman is also recording an average of 3.5 blocks per game, something that the Orange will have to be mindful of when selecting shots.

Tipoff is set for 7:00 P.M. tomorrow night at the JMA Wireless Dome.