SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Kayla Alexander scored 19 points and No. 23 Syracuse exploited 23 Pittsburgh turnovers to defeat the Panthers 80-39 Saturday for its fifth straight win.
The Orange (21-3, 9-2 Big East) scored 18 points following turnovers to four by the Panthers (9-15, 0-11) off nine Syracuse miscues. Syracuse, which ranked third nationally with 13.6 steals per game, had 14 Saturday.
Pittsburgh lost its 31st consecutive Big East regular-season game and suffered its second straight defeat by more than 30 points. The Panthers lost 78-45 at Louisville last Saturday.
Syracuse scored the first seven points and never trailed. It led 34-10 with 5:27 until halftime after a 12-0 run.
La'Shay Taft added 11 points and Brittney Sykes and Carmen Tyson-Thomas added 10 each for the Orange, who are 11-0 at home.
Marquel Davis scored 12 points for Pittsburgh, which will move with Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
Stephanie White, Lin Dunn and Carolyn Peck know what it takes to succeed in women's basketball. Their return to the college level should boost the SEC and is good for the game overall.