University Community Encouraged to Root on Women’s Basketball Team Today

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join fellow Orange fans as the campus community cheers on the 14th-ranked women’s basketball team in their first-ever NCAA Tournament game at the Dome. University employees who wish to attend should check with their supervisor this morning. Employees will not be required to use personal or vacation time.

The No. 14/15 Syracuse University women's basketball team will host Army West Point in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament this afternoon, with tipoff at 2:30 p.m. The Orange, the No. 4 seed in the Sioux Falls Region, are hosting NCAA Tournament contests for the first time in program history.

The Syracuse women's basketball team holds one of the strongest home court advantages in the nation. Under head coach Quentin Hillsman, Syracuse owns a 77-4 overall record against nonconference opposition at home.

Prior to its loss against Arizona State on Dec. 12, SU had won 72 non-conference home games in a row, which was the longest active streak in the nation. Prior to its setback against the Sun Devils, the Orange's last home loss against a nonconference opponent came on Dec. 22, 2006.

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