Bleeding Orange for Syracuse Orange's Women's Basketball
The Orange took three games in the Reef Division of the
St. Thomas Paradise Jam in November of 2013. Their wins were no doubt aided by superstar guard Brianna Butler. After scoring
the most points during the contest, ESPNW named her its national player of the week. The former McDonald's All-American exceeded
expectations once again in a terrific performance against No. 12 Texas A&M, at one point hitting seven of 12 three-point
attempts, and her team complete the 78-63 upset. The game turned out to be among the biggest wins the program has ever seen.
Butler is currently averaging nearly 17 points a game.
History of Event/Team
The Syracuse Orange have been
a Division I team since 1972. Pitted against the likes of Notre Dame, Connecticut, and Rutgers, Syracuse were certainly tested
to their limits over the years. Recently, the Orange has become the little team that could, proving itself time and time again
with a consistent ranking as a mid-level Big East team. However, the signing of players like Butler are a pretty good indication
that the team may be headed toward a new status as a Big East contender.
With an impressive 1,605 career
points, Julie McBride is the school's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball. However, McBride isn't the only former
player who the Orange are happy to brag about. Erin Kenneally from the class of 1993 is actually considered by many fans to
be the all-time best player, having been named a First-Team Academic All-American in 1993.
The team is chock-full of
talent no matter how you look at it. Take forward Nicole Michael, for example, with an average of 14.4 points per game (the
highest in the school's history). Although, some of this praise should also go to Quentin Hillsman. In his three years as
coach, he led the team to a 48-44 record. He was subsequently named the Big East Coach of the Year.
Watching Briana Butler, you can see that X-factor that separates ordinary players from high performers. Standing 5-foot-11,
Butler is a true measure of grace on the court. Along with teammates Taylor Ford and Brittany Sykes, both great basketball
players in their own right, Butler is a player to watch for many Syracure Orange students and alumni alike. Fans can get decked
out in orange gear from head to toe and cheer on their team to victory.