A Look At UConn-Syracuse

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SYRACUSE at No. 3 UCONN WOMEN

Site: XL Center

Time:  4 p.m.

TV: SNY (Andrew Catalon, Meghan Culmo and Kerith Burke)

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)

Series history: UConn, 35-12

Last meeting: UConn, 95-54, Jan. 25, 2012, Syracuse, N.Y.

Streaks: UConn W3, Syracuse W8

SYRACUSE (15-1, 3-0)

40 KAYLA ALEXANDER, C, 6-4, Sr., 19.8 – True pro prospect, already has seven double-doubles and 58 blocks

44 CARMEN TYSON-THOMAS, G, 5-9, Sr., 10.7 – Has started just two games, has 33 steals

2 ELASHIER HALL, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.1 – Had 23 points and five steals in win over DePaul.

3 RACHEL COFFEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 6.3 – Assist leader (80) is 85 percent from free throw line.

20 BRITTANY SYKES, G, 5-8, Fr., 8.6 – Shooting just 5 of 37 from three-point range

13 BRIANNA BUTLER, G, 5-11, Fr., 7.3 – Leads team with 88 three-point attempts

11 CORNELIA FONDREN, G, 5-8, Fr., 3.0 – Has 46 assists and 31 turnovers

UCONN (14-1, 2-1)

5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 4.1 –Played just 10 minutes vs. Louisville

14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 9.3 – Scored 16 vs. Louisville, but 3 of 11 from three.

31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 13.1 –Needs just eight points to reach 1,000 in career.

34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 10.6 – Had seven assists, seven turnovers vs. Louisville

13 BRIANNA BANKS, G, 5-9, So., 8.4 – Averaging 18.6 minutes off bench

23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 15.5 – Shooting 49.4 percent from three (42 of 83)

3 MORIAH JEFFERSON, G, 5-7, Fr., 4.1 – Has 29 assists and 24 steals.

30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-3, Fr., 14.6 – Set to return after missing two games (ankle)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Orange crushed

After losing the first seven games of the series, and nine of the first 11, UConn has not lost to Syracuse since Jan. 2, 1996, a string of 21 straight. The last time the Orange won in Connecticut was on Jan. 15, 1992.

Last time out

Alexander scored 24 points with 17 rebounds to help the Orange beat DePaul, 84-80, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Hall tied her career-high with 23 points and added five steals. The 15-1 start ties the best start in program history (2009-10). Syracuse’s 3-0 conference start ties the1985-86 team for the best Big East kickoff.

Faris flying

UConn’s senior guard has an assist/turnover ratio of 3.0 (72 assists, 24 turnovers) and is shooting 48.1 percent from three, 18 points higher than her career average prior to the season. She is also just 121 points from reaching 1,000 in her career.

On a streak

Dolson has scored in double-figures in her last seven games, averaging 14.5 during the stretch. She has also made 23 of her last 29 field goal attempts.
 

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5 thoughts on “A Look At UConn-Syracuse

  1. billnaples

    If I recall Dolson has been a little off from the line in recent games. Given her 79% shooting from the field (with a couple of attempts from beyond the arc) maybe she should start jump shooting from the line.

    1. Village Idiot

      Bill Naples–Haven’t seen your comments lately. Hope you are well.
      But that was funny–jump shooting from the line?
      Can you imagine Geno’s reaction to that??

      Syracuse isn’t the push over it once was. But I think that about most of the Big East, only a few really fluff games in it.

      1. Bruce

        76er great Hal Greer was the only player I ever saw take a jumper from the foul line. And even odder is that possibly the greatest foul shooter ever, Rick Barry, flipped the ball up underhanded!

      2. billnaples

        Some days I stay calmer than others V-I and some days people just say stuff that makes no sense at all and my keyboard gets attacked. And BTW Bruce’s post re: Hal Greer TYVM I knew there was one and could not retrieve the name from my memory bank. And for sure Rick Barry maybe (not certain now) may have only been outshot at the line by Calvin Murphy. Pretty sure Murphy has the record at some 90 in a row,

  2. Tonyc

    Cuse and Duke are known for not playing great defense. CUse giving up 80 pts to Depaul tells me that hasnt changed. UCOnn by alot in this one. Duke has not played a very compeitive schedule. One top team Cal. UConn has defense and height. Duke will be faced with an uphill battle. Both games UConn by 20+ until Geno calls off the dogs.

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