Posted: Friday January 18, 2013 3:26 PM

Orange women on the rise as they travel to UConn

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Halfway through his seventh season at Syracuse, women's basketball coach Quentin Hillsman sits in a good place.

His Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East) are rolling at a high level, ranked 23rd in the national coaches' poll and on the cusp of breaking into the AP Top 25 as they get set to play at third-ranked Connecticut (15-1, 3-1).

With their pressure defense, the Orange women lead the Big East and rank fourth nationally in steals per game at 13.8, turning opponents over an average of 23 times. And despite playing primarily a 2-3 zone just like Jim Boeheim's sixth-ranked men, Syracuse has held opponents to 26.6 percent shooting on 3-pointers, tops in the conference.

The high-scoring Huskies, whose lone loss was a one-point setback two weeks ago at home to No. 2 Notre Dame, have beaten Syracuse 21 straight times and lead the nation in five categories, including scoring (83.8 points per game) and points allowed (46.6 ppg).
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