...And Georgetown still sucks!
Oh is that, like, not a thing in women's basketball?
The No.23/21 Syracuse Orange (20-3, 8-2) defeated the Georgetown Hoyas (13-11, 4-7) 69-60 despite shooting just 27 percent from the field. In typical fashion, Syracuse played an even match through the first half, then used a second half run to break the game open. The score was tied at 25 at halftime, but the Hoyas jumped out to an eight point lead early in the second half.
With 16:46 remaining, D.C. native Lacie Hall started off a 15-0 run for the Orange by hitting a jumper and then converting two free throws on Syracuse's next possession. By the end of the run, Syracuse had a confortable 42-35 lead and never looked back. The Hoyas were never able to make it back to a one possession game.
Dominique Vitalis put in a layup with 44 seconds left to give Georgetown one last gasp. Hall was then fouled and made both of her free throws to put SU back up by six. The Hoyas turned the ball over on their next possession and lost any chance of coming back.
In the second half, SU is outscoring opponents by 10.9 points per game this season.
The Orange also benefitted, as usual, from the aggressive press defense. Syracuse is 4th in the country in steals and dominated again Tuesday night. SU had 18 steals in the game, compared to just nine by the Hoyas.
Freshman guard Brianna Butler had a team-high 16 points on 6-17 shooting. Hall finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Kayla Alexander scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds, in her ninth double-double this season.
Suprisingly, the only Syracuse player who had an efficient shooting night was La'Shay Taft. Taft entered the game midway in the first half and hit her first three three-pointers. The junior guard finished the game with nine points in only five minutes of play. Taft is part of the SU bench who outscored the Hoya bench 15-4.
Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers is the team leader in scoring and tallied 17 points in an 86-56 loss to Syracuse on Jan. 12. But this time around, Rodgers shot 1-12 and had eight points.
This was the last time Syracuse and Georgetown face off in the regular season as conference rivals. SU is 26-31 in the all-time series.
For senior Kayla Alexander, it is one step closer to making her first NCAA Tournament appearance. SU has made the women's NIT Tourament in each of Alexander's three years.
"The seniors do not want to go back there (the NIT) so we’re doing everything we can possibly do to get ourselves in the right track and go to the (NCAA) tournament this year," she said. "We do not want to repeat the last three years."