SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Alexis Peterson scored 28 points and No. 14 Syracuse opened the season on Friday with a 95-49 win over Rhode Island.
The Orange, who return four starters from the team that lost to UConn in the NCAA championship game last spring, led 36-23 at the half and outscored the Rams 39-11 in the fourth quarter.
Briana Day had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Gabby Cooper had 12 points and Brittney Sykes 11 points and 13 rebounds.
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Syracuse shot just 29 percent in the first half when 8 of 10 baskets were 3-pointers. The Orange finished 17 of 45 behind the arc, shooting 29 of 80 overall.
Dina Motrechuk had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Rhode Island. Charise Wilson made just 1 of 12 shots but that was enough to put her into the 1,000-point club. She also had 10 assists and 10 rebounds – but also had 10 turnovers.
The Rams finished with 43 turnovers that led to 38 Syracuse points.
Orange coach Quentin Hillsman needs 10 more wins to give him a school-record 230.