SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Brittney Sykes led all scorers with 26 points as the Syracuse Orange defeated the Dartmouth women’s basketball team, 88-47, at the Carrier Dome on Thursday evening.
Junior Milica Toskovic led the Big Green with 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Senior Nicola Zimmer, juniors Abbey Schmitt and Lakin Roland and freshman Katie Vareika all finished with six points each.
Shakeya Leary finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds and two other Orange scored in double figures. Taylor Ford added 13 points off the bench, making all four shots from the outside and Isabella Slim finished with 10 points, scoring six from the line.
The Big Green shot 28 percent from the field and 62 percent from the line. Syracuse finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line. Syracuse made eight shots from the outside, compared to four from the Green and White.
The Orange won the battle on the glass, 47-37, as all but four players in the game pulled down a rebound. Leary led the Orange with 14 caroms and Schmitt led Dartmouth with seven boards. Junior Tia Dawson added two more blocks to her team-leading 10 rejections on the season. Dawson also grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench. Once again classmate Kamala Thompson showed that she can be a force down in the trenches, with five points and five rebounds in 23 minutes as a key reserve.
Sykes led the team with 18 points in the opening half, as the Orange shot 45 percent from the field with 22 points in the paint. Dartmouth held an early 5-1 lead before the hosts went on a 9-0 run to take a 10-5 lead off a layup by Sykes with 15:12 left. Syracuse increased its advantage to 21 on a trey by Taylor Ford with 1:53 remaining in the first.
Syracuse (2-0) continued its lead after the break, 49-27, and held its largest lead of the game by 41 points with 1:37 left. After struggling early in the final stanza, the Orange rattled off a 10-0 run to push the deficit to 32.
Phylesha Bullard and Brianna Butler also added nine points each for the Orange in the win. Syracuse finished the contest with 22 fast break points, 22 second-chance points and 44 points in the paint. The Big Green responded with 20 points down low, 18 off the bench and 12 on the extra oppertunity.
Dartmouth (1-2) will host Big East member Providence in a non-conference meeting on Monday evening at 7 p.m.