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Syracuse Orange women’s basketball: the Orange must keep calm and carry on

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of syracuse orange Women’s basketball team welcomes the new year unfamiliar area.

first orange suffered First home loss of the season to 6th place north carolina, snapped the team’s nine-game home winning streak. But then there’s the fact that the Orange have suffered a losing streak for the first time this year, but the schedule will be tougher going forward.

It’s a tough place for a Syracuse team with a lot to prove, especially given how horrible last season was and the pressure that comes with a new head coach and a complete roster revamp.

Still, even with two straight losses against the ACC’s Best of the Best, now is not the time to panic. If anything, this could be the motivational tool this program needs.

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2021-2022 Wolfpack devastated Orange 95-53. Sunday night, Syracuse was her 10-minute stretch of the cold, and for the 34th time in a row she was just a few baskets away from overturning a program ranked in the top 25 nationally in the AP polls. Also note Syracuse’s recent loss to Louisville.After acquisition Shattered Going 100-64 last season, Syracuse lost only nine points away.

In other words, the losses are piling up right now, but not against the bottom feeders of the conference like we saw last year, and not the ridiculous losses the team is used to in 2021-2022. Legette-Jack’s culture setting has teams Competing From start to finish, regardless of the outcome.

Orange’s efforts are reflected in the NCAAW NET rankings. Current As of Tuesday afternoon, Orange is ranked 67th with four losses. Yes, Syracuse is now officially he’s 0-4 against a Quad 1 opponent. At the same time, this guy has only lost four games by about 8.25 points per game. From 2021 to 2022, this isn’t terrible for a team where he averaged 15-25 points per game against a better program.

This team has a good chance of success.Looking ahead, orange pittsburgh panthers (7-7, 0-3) Vs back-to-back loading games at home clemson tigers (11-4, 2-1) and boston college eagles (11-5, 1-2). These three opponents of his share the same qualities: tough opponents with a similar talent level to this year’s Orange. These are all winnable games for Syracuse.

The real litmus test for the team will come in late January with four games from January 22nd to February 2nd.

Syracuse’s Upcoming Slate

partner Overall grade AP Vote Ranking NCAAW NET Ranking
partner Overall grade AP Vote Ranking NCAAW NET Ranking
Duke (road) 13-1 (3-0) 19th 8th place
Virginia (home) 13-1 (2-1) NR 29th
Louisville (home) 11-5 (2-1) NR 32nd place
Virginia Tech. (road) 12-2 (2-2) 9th place 15th day

Orange sees a brutal stretch featuring 3 of the top 30 teams according to the NCAAW. Two of those teams are on the road. That will be the ultimate test of how the rest of the season goes for this year’s Orange.

So what do we need to change? Overall, there are two things Syracuse needs to improve performance for moving forward.

For starters, the team needs better play from the backcourt guard duo of Daisha Fair and Taisha Hyman. Both Fair (14 points, 6/23 shots, 1/9 to 3) and Hyman (0 points, 0/6 shots, 7 turnovers) are off their respective scores. terrible individual competition this season. That can’t happen, especially when the Oranges were just a handful of possessions away from a big win with North Carolina State.

Despite Hyman’s poor performance against Wolfpack, Fair has received the most criticism given its recent series of massively inefficient results. In her last five games, Fair said she scored 17.6 points per game, but shot percentage was only 32.8%. Against Louisville and North Carolina, she shot 9/41 from the field and 3/15 from downtown combined. She needs to play better, from getting better shots to making sure the rest of her team is involved.Especially against the Wolfpack, it’s hard for her to get her shots. It was hard to watch him waste a clock on robbing a jumper who had little chance.

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Broadly speaking, oranges also need to sell less.Syracuse Rank 113th turnovers per game (15.3) in the NCAAW and Tethered 179th in assists per game. It’s not a great passing team, nor is it the most elite of the three, except for a few massive average-efficiency players on the roster. Against the Cardinals and Wolfpack, Orange has turned the ball over his 32nd.

Syracuse can’t afford to transfer possessions, especially as this team continues to play against the conference’s elite offense.

This can be considered the low point of Syracuse’s season. That said, there’s still plenty of basketball left to play for coach Leggett Jack and his cronies. January will be the month to determine how legal this Syracuse program is this season.

At this point, Syracuse has or must recover from bidding considerations for the NCAA Tournament.

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