Editor’s note: This preseason, The Athletic is getting you ready for the women’s college basketball season with in-depth evaluations of 20 top programs. This story becomes part of that continuing series.

In 2006, when Quentin Hillsman became head coach of the Syracuse females’s basketball group, Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim provided a piece of recommendations. “You wish to win?” he said. “Go get gamers.” So Hillsman did, striking the pavement on the recruiting path and seeking to upgrade the talent on his lineup. Then he began to observe Boeheim’s practices, and he came away with a shocking revelation.

When the clock hits 4 p.m., Hillsman tends to peer at the practice court listed below him, excited to learn something brand-new. His workplace at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center sits high above the center’s two courts, which the males’s team occupies each afternoon beginning at 4. If Hillsman’s schedule enables, he uses the …