CANCUN - Syracuse's Erica Morrow scored 29 points and the Orange pulled away in the second half to defeat the Butler women's basketball team, 80-64, Friday night at the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic. Senior forward Melanie Thornton led four Butler players in double figures with 14 points.
Freshman Becca Bornhorst had 11 points while juniors Azjah Bass and Chloe Hamilton each added 10.
Syracuse (6-0) led by five at halftime and built it to 45-34 early in the second period. The Orange led by double digits for most of the second half and they were up 54-39 with 11 minutes left.
Butler (2-2) went on a 14-6 run, with a driving lay-up by Thornton cutting the lead to 60-53 with 6:57 remaining, forcing Syracuse to call a timeout.
The lead remained at seven at the 5:13 mark when Syracuse went on a 7-0 run to but the Bulldogs behind 70-56.
The first four minutes of the game were owned by Butler, as the Bulldogs built a quick 10-2 lead behind a pair of 3-pointers by Alyssa Pittman. Syracuse took its first lead at 15-13, and the two teams were essentially equal in the first half.
Nine different players saw at least 11 minutes of action for Butler. Pittman finished with eight points, two assists and two steals while senior Susan Lester had seven points and seven rebounds.
Two Orange players - Kayla Alexander and Nicole Michael - each scored 18 points. Syracuse shot 46 percent from the floor as a team and had a 46-28 rebounding advantage.
Morrow, SU's second-leading scorer entering the game, was sensational. She was 10-for-21 from the field with four 3-pointers. She also had six rebounds, two steals and a block.
Butler will play its second game in Cancun Saturday night when it takes on Northern Iowa at 6 p.m. ET (5 Central). Northern Iowa played in Friday's early game, losing to Louisville.
NOTES: Butler is shooting 44.4% from the field through four games this season...Bornhorst's 11 points were a career high, while Hamilton was just one point shy of her career best scoring effort...BU committed a season-low 13 turnovers...Foul trouble was also an issue for the Bulldogs. BU was whistled for 24 fouls, its most since the season opener at Kentucky. Butler is committing 21.5 fouls per game...Butler's scoring totals over four games: 66, 65, 69 and 64.