No. 23 Syracuse pulls past Temple late 82-76

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.

The Owls (5-3) had pulled to within 68-66 when Meghan Roxas hit

a 3-pointer with 2:46 left. Sykes answered for Syracuse (9-1) with

a three-point play and a layup. In between, Rachel Coffey hit a

3-pointer and the Orange lead was back to 10, 77-67, with little

more than a minute to go.

Shakeya Leary led Syracuse with 24 points, Brianna Butler 13,

and Coffey 11.

Syracuse led by 11 at halftime but hit a five-minute dry spell

afterward. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored eight of her career-high 28

points in a Temple 16-4 run, including two 3-pointers, to come

within 49-48. For the next five minutes the teams traded the lead

four times.

Natasha Thames added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Erica Coville 12

points for Temple.