The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team grabbed a pretty good win Thursday night.
After a pretty tough loss to UVA just a few days prior, the Orange were able to go on the road and keep an 11, now 12, game win streak alive. Syracuse started out well offensively, which is not what we are accustomed to seeing. Maybe it was those new grey (#PLATINUM) uniforms they were debuting, which I think actually looked really good (Ed. Note: banned).
They led 11-4 quickly thanks to 7 points from Kiara Lewis in the early going. Boston College shot just 3-of-12 from the field in the first quarter, but managed to get to line 14 times, making 10 shots. Syracuse led after one, 22-17. Coach Q’s squad was able to get some more separation in the second quarter by cleaning up the fouls and getting some hot shooting. Teisha Hyman, who earned her first collegiate start because of a sick Gabrielle Cooper, made the most of her opportunity and had a career day. She was able to get her scoring going in the second along with Kiara Lewis to help Syracuse get out to a 44-31 lead heading into the locker room. Elemy Coleme, a name that hasn’t been mentioned a lot, went 4-for-4 from the line for the Orange in the first half.
The second half started out as a game of runs. The Golden Eagles didn’t let their poor first half completely derail them, and they started the third on a 9-2 run. Luckily for the Cuse, they had a run of their own in them. A 9-3 run followed BC’s, and the Orange looked really good on both sides of the ball for the first time in a while. Syracuse was able to fend off Boston College for the entirety of the second half, despite a lot of foul trouble. The Cuse shot 50% from the field in the fourth quarter, and that was enough to pull away. They would weather every comeback attempt by the Eagles, and won by a score of 89-79. Coach Q is now just one win away from 300 at Syracuse.
Boston College got a good showing out of Emma Guy, who tallied 23 points and 6 boards. Taylor Soule had 18 points along with 5 boards. Kiara Lewis continued her impressive season, leading the Orange with 23 points and 8 boards. Teisha Hyman scored her career high with 16 points in 31 minutes played. Emily Engstler was one point shy of a double-double, and she had nine points and 10 boards. As a team, the Orange shot 45.8% from field.
Syracuse is back in action on Sunday, February 9 vs. No. 5 Louisville at 2 p.m. ET. The game will air nationally on ESPN2. An upset win for the Orange wouldn’t fix all of the struggles, but it would certainly help breathe new life into a longshot at-large campaign.