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Syracuse women’s basketball: the Orange seal the deal with a 71-64 win over Boston College

Ugly wins are better than pretty losses

Syracuse v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

The #25 Syracuse Orange (12-2, 2-1) defeated the Boston College Eagles (9-7,1-2) 71-64 at the JMA Wireless Dome on Sunday night.. The Orange maintained their undefeated streak at the dome, now standing at an impressive 9-0.

While the Orange is traditionally recognized for their offensive prowess, it was their defense that secured the win. In contrast, the Eagles, known for their ability to force turnovers and their reliance on zone defense, met their match against the Orange’s defensive strategy.

The game’s standout player was undoubtedly freshman Sophie Burrows, who set career highs in points, rebounds, and minutes played. With a remarkable performance, Burrows recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds, showcasing her versatility by shooting 6 for 10, including an impressive 3 for 6 from beyond the arc. I am looking forward to seeing Burrows continue to showcase her talents in upcoming games.

Additionally, Kennedy Perkins notched a new career high with 9 points off the bench. Despite Woolley’s 6 points, her impact across the game was evident, recording 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and two steals on the defensive end. Alyssa Latham, another defensive powerhouse, contributed significantly with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and three steals. Saniaa Wilson fouled out after scoring 2 for 2 from the line but managed to tie Burrows with 8 rebounds. It could’ve been an entirely different game if it wasn’t for the defense.

In the beginning of the first quarter, The Orange were scoreless but they played solid defense and were only down by 6. Syracuse missed their first 8 shot attempts but Kyra Wood came through and made the first bucket of the game, shooting a layup after being fed the ball by Dyaisha Fair. The Orange faced a scoreless start early in the first quarter. Despite the offensive challenges, their solid defense kept the deficit at just 6 points. The tradition of Syracuse fans standing and clapping until the first basket is made in the Dome turned into an extended applause as the team took longer than usual to score, marking the lengthiest standing ovation of the season. Kyra Wood broke the spell with a layup, getting the Orange on the board. The first half unfolded as a defensive battle featuring low scores and frequent turnovers for both teams. At halftime, Syracuse led 32-22, but a statistic revealed that 14 of Boston College’s 22 points resulted from turnovers committed by the Orange. The turnovers made up the Eagles’ offense and they took full advantage. Throughout the game, Boston College struggled from beyond the arc, managing only 3 successful shots out of 16 attempts. Their offense relied heavily on defense and driving into the paint. Despite the sluggish start, the Orange mounted a comeback in the third quarter, finishing strong. “Ugly wins are better than pretty losses,” said Coach Legette-Jack after the game.

Dyaisha Fair finished the game with 21 points. However, the first quarter raised eyebrows as Fair attempted several shots, managing only one point from a free throw and no actual baskets. Despite a slow start in terms of points, Fair made her presence known from the second quarter onward, when she knocked down a few threes. The fourth quarter saw her excel at the free-throw line, contributing all 7 points solely from successful free throws. Although she went 0 for 1 from the floor in the fourth, Fair concluded the game with a 10 for 12 performance from the free-throw line to help secure the win.

Syracuse managed to force many turnovers, but they also experienced their fair share. It’s worth noting that Boston College typically forces 23 turnovers per game. In this matchup, the Orange had 25 turnovers, while Boston College had 21. Syracuse struggles with turnover challenges, emphasizing the need for improvement in upcoming games.

“We gotta continue to get better because Wake Forest doesn’t care about what we did just now,” said Coach Legette-Jack in a post-game interview.

Looking ahead, Syracuse’s win sets the stage for an anticipated rematch against Boston College on February 4th, this time in the Eagles’ backyard. The Orange will next play Wake Forest in an “early bird gets the worm” game, heading to Salem on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.