No. 18 Syracuse flexes depth muscles, pull away in second half in season-opening win

SYRACUSE N.Y. (UND Athletics) -- The 18th-ranked Syracuse Orange withstood an early barrage from the visiting team before earning an 85-49 non-conference win at the Carrier Dome in the season opener for both teams. North Dakota leaped out to a quick 6-0 advantage and held the lead for most of the opening period before the home team got rolling from deep, stretching their lead to 11 at the break.

UND senior Faith Dooley recorded 10 points and nine rebounds while Lexi Klabo posted 12 points and seven boards for the Fighting Hawks.

Klabo scored on the first possession of the game, then scored again after a Dooley score to make it a quick 6-0 lead for the visitors. Tiana Mangakahia triple in transition to break the streak but the Fighting Hawks kept coming at the nationally-ranked 'Cuse. A Jill Morton jumper moments later made it 11-7 and UND held the pace of play through the opening period. Alaina Jarnot's first points as a Fighting Hawk ended the opening frame with the score all square at 18-apiece.

Syracuse (1-0) was able to keep North Dakota off the board in the first four minutes of the second quarter to wrestle away the momentum and then later hammered on the gas by disrupting things in the backcourt to the tune of eight second-quarter turnovers. The Orange would turn UND over 28 times for the game and turned those into 29 points.

Jaclyn Jarnot's first collegiate three sliced the deficit down the just a bucket with 3:38 left in the first half, but Syracuse tripled four times in the final minutes before the break on the way to an 11-point halftime advantage.

Julia Fleecs' layup with 7:26 left in the third made it a 10-point game, however, Syracuse embarked on a 19-0 run to take command.

Syracuse's depth shown throughout as Kiara Lewis and Emily Engstler each scored 13 to lead the Orange, part of 50 points scored by the SU reserves.

North Dakota continues its lengthy road stretch to start the season when it heads to Valparaiso for a Sunday matchup.

*Jaclyn Jarnot scored her first collegiate points with a right-wing triple.
*UND held Syracuse's leading scorer, Tiana Mangakahia, to just 11 points and three assists (she led the NCAA in assists last season).
*Wednesday's opener marks the first of three games against power conference schools this season (at Penn State, at Iowa State).
*Syracuse returned all five starters from last season and are three seasons removed from a run to the NCAA Final Four that ended in the championship game in 2016.