The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team defeated the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 96-51 on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome. After trailing at the end of the first quarter, the Orange used its defensive pressure and an up-and-down pace on offense to pull away from the Hawks.
Getting the win, Syracuse was still able to withstand an early start by Maryland Eastern Shore. After trailing early, SU was able to speed up the game on both sides of the ball and it was too much for the Hawks to handle. MD-Eastern Shore came out swinging and was able to find holes in the Syracuse zone defense early in the game. The Hawks had a 24-21 lead after one quarter. That lead lasted for all of 53 seconds.
In the second quarter, SU picked up the intensity on both side of the ball. In the second, the Syracuse defense held Maryland Eastern shore to seven points, while scoring 31 points on offense. The team was able to do this because it had a bunch of fresh bodies on the court, playing 11 different players in the first.
Almost half of Syracuse’s offense came from beyond the arc in the second quarter, finishing 5-of-10 from the three-point line during the period.
The Orange can live and die by the three-point shot, but the team capitalized on those opportunities in this contest. The team manufactured half of its points from outside. SU finished with 16 threes, accounting for 48 of its 96 points. Included in those: Five threes from Digna Strautmane and Miranda Drummond.
Strautmane was looking for her shot early and often. She was aggressive from the opening tip and got the Syracuse offense on track. She finished with a team-high 17 points.
“I feel like they were leaving me open,” said Strautmane after the game. “That’s how our game is. If somebody’s open we’re gonna shoot it. So, I just took the shots and it went it.”
SU cheerleaders began to chant “we want tacos,” as SU held possession with 63-40 lead. Fans get a free taco from Taco Bell every time the Orange women’s basketball team scores 65 or more points at home this season. The crowd immediately began to cheer after Miranda Drummond hit a three from the top of the key with 3:03 left in the third quarter, to give Syracuse its 66th point of the game.
Syracuse was able to get contributions from a number of players on the offensive side of the ball, as five players scored 14 or more points. This is the team’s second consecutive game with five or more players in double-digits.
Coach Quentin Hillsman said the team’s chemistry plays a big part in the team’s unselfishness.
“I think it’s big. I think they’re definitely happy for each other when you’re successful,” said Hillsman. “This is the year, I think for this program where you have to get things done. They’re not going to be selfish. We have a lot of talent on this team. And sometimes it’s going to be your night and sometimes it’s not. And you have to really be happy for your teammates.”
SU improves to 8-2 on the season and remains undefeated in the Carrier Dome (4-0). The team’s next game is on December 17 at 11 a.m. ET against Niagara.