Dec. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Syracuse

SYRACUSE - The Syracuse University women’s basketball team (10-0) will attempt to make history as it plays host to Rider (2-8) on Monday, December 30 at 7 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. Syracuse’s perfect 10-0 record matches the best season start in program history. The Orange finished the 1974-75 season 10-0.The third game of SU’s give-game homestand can be heard live on SU’s flagship station WTLA 1200/1400 AM with Brian Higgins ‘04 on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on Syracuse’s student station, WJPZ 89.1 FM. Live video for every Orange game is available on SUAthletics.com via Orange All Access. Live statistics are also available on SUAthletics.com.

Syracuse is 7-0 at home this year and has won 22 consecutive non-conference home games. The Orange went 8-0 last season and 7-0 in 2007-08. Syracuse’s last non-conference home loss occurred on December 22, 2006 to Canisius (56-48). The Orange is 27-8 (.771) in the Dome during the past three seasons.

BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Syracuse’s perfect 10-0 record matches the best season start in program history, the Orange finished the 1974-75 season 10-0. SU has won 10 consecutive games for only the third time in program history. Syracuse ended the 1974-75 season 10-0 and won a program best 12 straight games during the 2007-08 season. The Orange men (12-0) and women have never both been undefeated this late into the year. Kentucky is the only other school in the nation to have two undefeated teams. KU’s women are 11-0 and the men are 13-0. There are only seven undereated teams remaining: Syracuse (10-0), Nebraska (11-0), Wisconsin-Green Bay (11-0), Kentucky (11-0), Georgia (11-0), Notre Dame (10-0) and Connecticut (10-0).

NATIONAL POLLS
Syracuse is ranked 24th in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll (Dec. 22). The Orange was ranked 22nd in the December 15th poll, but dropped two spots after an idle week. It was the highest ranking for the Orange in the Coaches Poll since it was 22nd the week of January 22, 2008. SU has been ranked in the top 25 for three consecutive weeks and has received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for seven straight weeks. Syracuse also received 22 votes in the latest AP Poll, putting SU 31st. It is the fourth consecutive week SU has received votes in the AP Poll. The Orange received six votes in the USAToday/ESPN Coaches Preseason Poll. The six votes put Syracuse 43rd with South Florida. It is the second consecutive year SU has received votes in the preseason poll. The Orange received 24 votes last year.

SCOUTING RIDER
Caitlin Bopp had a double-double with career-high 12 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as La Salle escapeed Alumni Gym with a 55-54 win against Rider (2-8) on Dec. 20. Bopp was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for all games played December 14-20. Tammy Meyers is averaging a team-high in points (12.9), assists (2.3) and steals (1.8). Rider team picked to fi nish fourth of 10 teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Rider Head Coach Lynn Milligan (20-50) is in her third season as head coach. The Broncs have made a 3-point fi eld goal in 79 straight games.

ORANGE AGAINST THE BRONCS

The game is the second match between the two teams in the series’ brief history. The first game, played in 1993-94, was won convincingly by the Orange, 85-66. Both games in the series have been hosted by Syracuse.

Following its game against Rider, the Orange hosts New Hampshire on December 30 at 7 p.m. inside Manley Field House. This game is free to the public.