Brittney Sykes scored 11 of her 20 points in the second half as No. 23 Syracuse pulled away from stubborn Temple, 82-76, Monday night in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Owls (5-3) had pulled to within 68-66 when Meghan Roxas hit a three-pointer with 2 minutes, 46 seconds left. Sykes answered for Syracuse (9-1) with a three-point play and a layup. In between, Rachel Coffey hit a three-pointer and the Orange lead was back to 10, 77-67, with little more than a minute to go.
"We dug ourselves into a hole to start with turnovers and giving them easy opportunities," said Owls head coach Tonya Cardoza. "We did everything to get back into the game. It's hard to sustain that energy. We played our butts off, but nothing went right down the stretch. I felt we left everything out on the floor."
Freshman point guard Feyonda Fitzgerald led the Owls with a career-high 28 points. Senior Natasha Thames had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Shakeya Leary led Syracuse with 24 points.
Syracuse led by 11 at halftime but hit a five-minute dry spell afterward. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored eight of her career-high 28 points during a 16-4 run for Temple, including two three-pointers, to come within 49-48. For the next five minutes the teams traded the lead four times.
Holy Family 87, Wilmington 70 - Senior Carolyne Heston (Villa Joseph Marie) put up career numbers with a 21-point, 15-rebound performance and the Tigers rolled over the host Wildcats in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest.
Holy Family improves to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the CACC with the win, and Wilmington fell to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in conference action.