Orange women’s basketball continue perfect home record

Women’s basketball continue perfect home record

Syracuse added to the perfect start at the Dome with a 79-57 victory over Northeastern.

Forward Saniaa Wilson (#21) and guard Alaina Rice (#25) look for the pass after center Izabel Varejão (#34), left, fought for a rebound.
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Saniaa Wilson and Alaina Rice look for the pass after Izabel Varejão secured a rebound on Monday’s game in the JMA Wireless Dome.

Adding another chapter to their story in a riveting matchup at the JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse women’s basketball secured a decisive 79-57 victory over Northeastern.

Junior guard Georgia Woolley asserted her offensive dominance for Syracuse, leading the team with 17 points. Freshman guard Sophie Burrows also displayed her three-point shooting prowess, contributing all nine of her points from beyond the arc.

Despite a minor ankle tweak in the first half, graduate guard Dyaisha Fair made a substantial impact, recording 14 points that included two crucial three-pointers.

Derin Erdogan spearheaded Northeastern’s offensive efforts with an 23 points, complemented by Deja Bristol’s 16-point contribution. However, the Huskies faced a considerable challenge, entering the game with only nine available players due to a roster decimated by injuries.

Erdogan also battled through an apparent leg injury in the second half.

Guard Dyaisha Fair (#2) goes for a layup over three Northeastern defenders on Monday December 4th in the JMA Wireless Dome.
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Guard Dyaisha Fair goes for a layup over three Northeastern defenders on Monday night.

The third quarter emerged as a turning point, with Syracuse orchestrating a game-changing 9-0 run heading into the final period. ACC Freshman of the Week, forward Alyssa Latham, initiated the surge with a layup, followed by consecutive three-pointers from Sophie Burrows. Syracuse capitalized on Northeastern’s turnovers, amassing 21 points from 17 costly Husky errors.

Despite Northeastern’s early energy, Syracuse’s bench played a pivotal role, contributing 26 points to secure the win.

Post-game reflections revealed the significance of energy in shaping the narrative of the match. Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack emphasized the importance of a collective story in the players’ heads and hearts, highlighting the pivotal role energy played in the game.

“Energy, that’s it, energy. We got to come out with a story in our head and in our heart,” said Legette-Jack.

Junior forward Saniaa Wilson echoed the sentiment that a shift in momentum was crucial. Wilson had 9 points shooting 4-4 from the field off the bench.

“I think she also just reiterated the fact that we need to have more energy. I think, you know, like Georgia said that as a team we needed to capitalize on,” said Wilson.

Burrows, who faced a challenging previous game, acknowledged the need to focus on the little things when shots aren’t falling.

Forward Alyssa Latham (#23) jumps for a rebound with two Northwestern defenders during Monday's game.
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Forward Alyssa Latham jumps for a rebound with two Northeastern defenders during Monday’s game.

“You can’t always rely on a shot going down,” said Burrows. “As much as you practice it, I think for me, it’s just focusing on things like the defense, the rebounding, that kind of thing. Just to get my mind right.”

The victory marked Syracuse’s eighth triumph against Northeastern, with the last meeting dating back to Nov. 12, 2010, resulting in a narrow 72-69 win. The Orange continued their home-court dominance, boasting a flawless 6-0 record.

The Orange will look to carry this momentum forward as they travel to Athens, Ohio, this weekend to face the Ohio University Bobcats. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 1pm.