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Syracuse 79, Boston College 52: Orange win third straight ACC contest

SU makes short work of the Eagles.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Siena at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange hosted the Boston College Eagles on Sunday, and won going away. Ranked 25th in the country, SU rode a huge second half to defeat rival BC 79-52 at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse started strong, but faced a resilient Eagles squad in the second quarter who battled back to make it a five-point game at halftime. However, the Orange managed to put it all away with a strong third. They outscored Boston College 27-9 to coast the rest of the way home. It was their third consecutive ACC victory after a big loss to Louisville to open conference play. SU’s 12-5 on the season now, and 3-1 in the ACC.

Four Orange women were in double figures on Sunday, though the leading scorer was surprisingly not Alexis Peterson. Brittney Sykes led SU with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Peterson had 15 points on 6-of-21 from the floor. It was Peterson’s first game under 20 points since December 10 (13 vs. Niagara).

Briana Day and Isabella Slim scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, to round out the double-digit scorers for Syracuse. Sykes led the Orange with 10 rebounds, while Day had nine.

As is usually the case for any win by the Syracuse women’s team, they shot reasonably well (42.4 percent from the floor), while forcing turnovers throughout the evening. BC had 24 turnovers on the night, which didn’t do them many favors along with 41-percent shooting.

After a busy week, SU gets some days off between Sunday and their next contest. They’ll host the NC State Wolfpack on Thursday, January 12 as they try to make it four in a row in the ACC.