Princeton sprinted out of the starting gate against Syracuse Friday afternoon, trailing by just one at the first media break, 18-17. The Orange’s presence in the paint was too much to handle over time as they crept out to a double-digit lead after a 12-0 run to end the first frame, eventually gliding to victory, 92-61.
Syracuse (5-1) outrebounded Princeton (1-5) 45-23 on the afternoon and dialed up 36 points in the paint compared to the Tigers’ 22.
Gabrielle Cooper paced the Orange with a game-high 20 points. The junior also pulled down four rebounds. Tiana Mangakahia (14 points), Amaya Finklea-Guity (12 points) and Kiara Lewis (10 points) also finished in double figures for Syracuse.
Gabrielle Rush led Princeton’s effort with 15 points, shooting 5-10 from three-point distance. Carlie Littlefield and Neenah Young gathered in 11 and 10 points, respectively for Courtney Banghart’s squad.
Both the Orange and the Tigers have one game left at the Cancun Challenge. Princeton faces Kansas State on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, and Syracuse takes on No. 16 DePaul at 1:30 p.m. ET.