Dec. 1, 2010

Box Score

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse's Kayla Alexander scored 27 points, including 16 in the first half, as the Orange defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team, 73-50, at the Carrier Dome Wednesday.

Alexander, who set a career-high for the second straight game, was 9-of-9 from the field and 9-of-10 from the foul line with seven rebounds and four blocks. Iasia Hemingway (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Carmen Tyson-Thomas (10 points, 13 rebounds) each posted double-double for SU (5-0) who won their 33rd consecutive non-conference home game.

Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) led UMES with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) chipped in with 11, shooting 3-of-5 from the floor.

UMES stayed with the high-powered Syracuse offense for first 10 minutes, taking a pair of leads early. Cook knocked down a 3-point a minute-and-a-half in for a 3-2 advantage and Sanders later tallied a layup from Cook for a 6-5 lead at the 17:05 mark. Morton later converted another three for a 14-13 advantage with 13:12 left in the half.

Alexander gave SU the lead for good with a layup at 12:47 but UMES hung tough. The Orange scored eight straight, six from Alexander, to extend the margin to nine at 23-14. Free throws 35 seconds apart by Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) made it a 23-16 game with 8:20 left in the half. Syracuse pulled away with a 9-0 run over the next 2:04 from the duo of Alexander and Hemingway. SU held a 39-22 lead at halftime.

The Orange lead ballooned t0 49-26 on an Elashier Hall free throw with 15:37 left. The Lady Hawks then engineered a 10-3 run to get as close they would rest of way at 52-36. The stretch was punctuated by a Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) jumper at the 9:41 mark.



Syracuse limited UMES to 14 points for the remainder of the game, cruising to the win.

SU was 23-for-59 (39 percent) while UMES shot 18-of-56 (32.1 percent).

UMES turned 23 Syracuse turnovers into 21 points to lead in points off turnovers. UMES also had more points in transition (11-8), and from its bench (18-15) than its host.

UMES is back in action, hosting Manhattan on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

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