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Syracuse women’s basketball: Orange pull away for 79-57 win versus Northeastern

Orange overcome slow start to dominate second half

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The Syracuse Orange defeated the Northeastern Huskies by a score of 79-57 inside the JMA Wireless Dome. This victory secured their 24th consecutive home non-conference win and solidified Syracuse’s position as a force to be reckoned with.

The Orange trailed by 1 at the end of the first quarter, led by 5 at halftime, and dominated in the second half against the Huskies. While the Orange had a slow start in the first quarter, they managed to regain momentum in the second half, led by ACC Freshman of the Week ​Alyssa Latham. Latham’s layup in the third quarter sparked the team. ​Sophie Burrows contributed with back-to-back three-pointers, while ​Alaina Rice’s free throw extended the lead. Syracuse built a significant 27-point advantage midway through the fourth quarter, showcasing their dominance.

Syracuse capitalized on the mistakes made by Northeastern, scoring 21 points from the Huskies’ 17 turnovers. This allowed four Syracuse players to record two steals each, fueling the team’s offense. The Orange’s ability to convert turnovers into points ultimately contributed to their victory as they improved to 8-1 all-time against the Huskies.

Georgia Woolley finished the game with 17 points, emerging as a standout player. Woolley impacted the game by being the first player to reach double digits in scoring. On average, Woolley contributes 14 points per game, demonstrating her consistency on the offensive end. With a perfect free-throw percentage this season, Woolley went 4-for-4 from the line, bringing her total to 22 straight made free throws. One of Woolley’s standout qualities is her defensive prowess, particularly at the top of the matchup zone where she has been able to disrupt opponents through deflections or tip balls. Woolley still faces challenges from the three-point range, but she continues to contribute on both ends of the court.

Sophie Burrows showcased her shooting skills beyond the arc, scoring all nine of her points on three-pointers. Burrows’ ability to contribute in crucial moments demonstrated the team’s depth and potential. Hopefully, we will get to see more of her as the season continues.

During the game, Dyaisha Fair faced some challenges as she battled an injury. Fair didn’t play for the final three minutes of the first quarter due to the injury but returned to the game in the second quarter. However, Northeastern’s defense double-teamed Fair whenever she had the ball, limiting her shot attempts. It is possible that her injury and the defensive attention affected her aggressiveness during the game.

The Orange improved to 6-0 at home against Northeastern, maintaining dominance in the Dome. Syracuse, though not yet ranked, received two votes in the AP poll, marking the first time in the Coach Jack era. With eyes set on breaking into the top 25, the Orange look to carry the momentum from their home victory onto the road game against the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday.