The Syracuse Orange women completely dominated Wake Forest on Sunday, January 17, leading by double digits for the last 31 minutes of the game. Shooting 15-for-31 (48 percent) from the perimeter will do that. SU won 91-65 at Wake Forest, and the Orange are now 4-1 in ACC games, fifth in the conference. They are 14-4 overall.
Brianna Butler and Alexis Peterson led the way again with 19 points each. Butler scored five three-pointers, raising her career total to 304. She is already the active career leader in the nation and in the all-time leader in school history. Butler also grabbed nine rebounds in her stellar performance. Peterson came back against Wake Forest, after not playing more than a minute against Pitt due to an unknown illness. She notched seven assists to add to her 19 points.
Besides three-pointers, the Orange has made a reputation for pressing and causing turnovers so far this year. They are in the top-five in the country for steals per game and forced 24 more against Wake Forest. Even when the 3-point shooting has been inconsistent, the steals and pressure on the ball handler have been key in most games.
Syracuse next travels to Notre Dame to take on the third-ranked Fighting Irish. The game is on Thursday, January 21, at 7 p.m. ET, and will be broadcasted on ESPN3. Notre Dame is 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the ACC, with their only loss coming against the powerful Uconn Huskies. This should be a tough game for the Orange, however with their current form, they promise to keep it a close game.