Women's Basketball Previews - Syracuse Orange

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The BIG Picture
Despite losing three starters, including All-BIG EAST First Team selection Nicole Michael, the Orange return 10 lettterwinners, along with a pair of impact transfers and add four solid freshmen. Coming off a deep run in the WNIT Championship, Syracuse should vie for its second NCAA Championship berth in the last four years. Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Quentin Hillsman, the Orange will challenge for a berth in the NCAA Championship.

Who's Returning
The returnees include two seniors, shooting guard Erica Morrow and point guard Tasha Harris. Morrow ranks third on SU's all time 3-point field goals made (171), fourth in steals (2.2), sixth in scoring (13.7), seventh on SU's all-time scoring list (1,325). Harris ranks seventh in assist average (4.0) and tied for ninth in games started (97). The Orange also welcomes back a solid core of juniors in Tyler Ash, Troya Berry and Chanieka Williams as well as  All-BIG EAST Freshman Team honorees Kayla Alexander and Carmen Tyson-Thomas.

Who's Gone
Guard Nicole Michael graduates as one of the most prolific players in BIG EAST history. An Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention team pick last season, Michael left Syracuse as the program's all-time leading scorer (1,787 points) and rebounder (996). She started all 35 games last season and ranked first on the club in scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Michael also ranked first in 3-point baskets made (58) and 3-point field goal percentage (.341). Guard Juanita Ward (9.5 ppg) also graduated.

Syracuse add two highly touted newcomers to its veteran-laded squad. Junior Iasia Hemingway and redshirt freshman Shakeya Leary join the the mix in 2010-11.Hemingway scored 625 points and grabbed 297 rebounds in her two years at Georgia Tech. Leary was named to the New York Daily News First Team as a junior and senior. She averaged 7.9 points, 9.5 rebounds in league play as a senior. Four freshmen complete the SU roster. After going 3-1 in the WNIT last season, Syracuse won more than one postseason game for the first time in program history.