CINCINNATI -- Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall tallied 23 points apiece as No. 24 Syracuse defeated Cincinnati 72-48 Tuesday night in Big East play for its third straight win.
Alexander went 8 of 12 from the field and added five blocks. Hall made 7 of 13 shots and scored eight straight points to give the Orange (19-3, 7-2) its biggest lead of the game, 69-46, with 2:42 left to play.Cincinnati (8-11, 0-6) opened the second half with a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 31-30 but Syracuse used a 10-0 run to pull away.The Orange, who have won their last three games by a combined 71 points, shot 49 percent (25 of 51) while holding Cincinnati to 31.5 percent (17 of 54).Cincinnati held a 33-32 rebounding edge but committed 21 turnovers. Syracuse turned those mistakes into 24 points.Dayeesha Hollins led the Bearcats with 13 points.