Syracuse's Dyaisha Fair moves into 4th on NCAA women's basketball all-time scoring list

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Syracuse point guard Dyaisha Fair is now fourth on the NCAA Division I women's basketball all-time scoring list with 3,394 points.

Fair, a Rochester native and former Edison Tech star, entered NCAA's top-4 in career points while No. 6 Syracuse (24-7) played against No. 3 UConn (30-5) in Monday night's NCAA Tournament second round Portland 3 region game. Fair needed 11 points for sole possession of fourth place, and passed Jackie Stiles on a free throw with 1:50 left in the third quarter.

No. 6 Syracuse's game against UConn is still in progress at Harry A. Gample Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. UConn led 53-44 through the third.

Where Dyaisha Fair ranks among NCAA women's basketball all-time scoring leaders

A 5-foot-5 guard, Fair has now scored 3,394 points between the University at Buffalo and Syracuse. Her high basketball IQ, speed and handles helped her become one of the NCAA's most prolific scorers ever.

  1. Caitlin Clark, Iowa (present): 3,798.

  2. Kelsey Plum, Washington (2017): 3,527.

  3. Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State (2018): 3,402.

  4. Dyaisha Fair, Syracuse (present): 3,394.

  5. Jackie Stiles, Missouri State (2001): 3,393.

A fifth-year guard and multi-time All-American, Fair's 22.3 points per game entering Monday ranked eighth in the country, and her 113 made 3-pointers are only second in the country to Iowa star Caitlin Clark, whose 176 treys shattered the NCAA record.

In Saturday's 74-69 win over No. 11 Arizona in the NCAA first round, Fair dropped 32 points, scoring Syracuse's final 13 points after trailing 66-61 with less than 3 minutes remaining. Fair shot 11 of 22 from the field and 4 of 11 from 3-point range.

From Rochester to Syracuse

Fair was unstoppable in high school at Edison Tech. She averaged 33.5 points per game as a senior, and became the first Rochester City School District athlete to be named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year.

Fair played her first three seasons at Buffalo under coach Felisha Legette-Jack. In 2022, Fair was named MVP of the Mid-American Conference tournament as the Bulls clinched an NCAA berth. She scored her first 2,035 points in Buffalo.

When Legette-Jack was hired by her alma mater Syracuse in 2022, Fair transferred there and averaged 19 points per game in her first season, leading the Orange to the WNIT's Super 16 in 2023. This season, Fair led Syracuse to a third-place Atlantic Coast Conference finish and helped Legette-Jack — the 2024 ACC Coach of the Year only Syracuse woman with her jersey retired — win her first NCAA tournament game as a coach for the Orange.

— Marquel Slaughter is a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle, specializing in high school sports. He has been reporter for 14 years. Follow him @MarquelSports on X or on Instagram. You can contact him at

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