The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team defeated the Duke Blue Devils by a score of 64-55 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday. A career-high 20 points from Kiara Lewis led the Orange to victory.
After scoring a season-low four points in the second quarter, SU erupts for 31 points in the third quarter to take control versus the Blue Devils.
The Orange trailed 26-21 at halftime and shot just under 21 percent from the field, but things changed in the second half. Lewis scored 17 of her 20 points over the final two quarters. She hit a career-high five three-pointers, with four coming in the second half.
Duke’s Haley Gorecki kept the Blue Devils in the game for much of the afternoon, as she scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had six steals.
For Syracuse, Tiana Mangakahia had four points and zero assists at halftime. But she came out in the second half and turned into the playmaker fans are used to seeing. She had nine points and seven assists in the second half and helped lead SU to its fifth win in ACC play and 16th overall. The win also helped the Orange improve to 4-3 on the road this year — with all four of those in conference.
On the game, Syracuse only shot 37 percent from the field and still managed to escape Durham with a nine-point win. The key was that the Orange shot 40 percent from three (10-of-25), and Duke was only 25 percent (4-of-16) from the three-point line.
Syracuse’s next game is on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. ET against the Virginia Cavaliers (8-11, 2-4) in the Carrier Dome. Fans can watch on ACCN Extra or listen on cuse.com and 97.7 FM.