The difference was shooting percentage in the first half. Notre Dame came out firing. They shot 68 percent from the field and 57% from 3 point territory. The Orange shot a lowly 28 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc. The outstanding shooting put the Irish up 57-29 at halftime. This was the difference in the game, as Syracuse was able to stay level in the 2nd half 33-33.
Something that Syracuse did excel at was rebounding. The Orange outrebounded the Irish 55-42. That clearly was not going to be enough to make up for the poor shooting, however. Additionally, the SU's active hands forced 19 turnovers. However, Syracuse also committed 18 turnovers and were not able to capitalize on their opportunities.
Michaela Mabrey of Notre Dame gave Syracuse troubles all night. She shot 6-10 on 3-pointers. She led the Irish who wound up hitting 11 3-pointers. The entire Orange squad combined only hit 6 3-pointers. Poor shooting, particularly from behind the arc was enough to keep Syracuse out of the game.
Syracuse now moves to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. That puts SU at 6th place in the ACC for now. Their next game is in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome against #17 Louisville. The Monday night showdown between old Big East rivals pits two of the top ACC schools against each other. Louisville is 6-0 in ACC games so far and 14-5 overall. The game is at 7 pm, and will be broadcasted on RSN.