Orange battle back to beat Virginia Tech in final seconds
SU battles back to beat Hokies in final seconds
Outmatched for more than three quarters, Syracuse women’s basketball squad turned it on in the final 10 minutes Thursday to outscore Virginia Tech 22-9 and eke out a 67-65 ACC win in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange trailed by nine at the halftime break. After a low-scoring first quarter and a high-scoring second, both of which they were outscored in, the chances of getting stops against a deep Virginia Tech team seemed slim. And especially after the third quarter, in which the Hokies outscored the Orange yet again by tallying 20 points in the quarter.
Then came the fourth quarter. The Orange only trailed by 11 and had just barely been outdone by Elizabeth Kitley and Virginia Tech in the three prior quarters. In the fourth, the Hokies scored just nine points; an outstanding defensive effort given the way Virginia Tech had scored before.
The Orange were incredibly active on defense all night. They’d simply run into the well-balanced, deep team that Virginia Tech is. Eight players provided quality minutes (and points) to the Hokies’ effort tonight.
The Orange trailed by nine with four minutes to go in the last quarter of the contest. An Emily Engstler three-pointer and an Amaya Finklea-Guity basket immediately cut that deficit to four. Before the Hokies knew it, their lead had diminished. And the Orange were rolling at the perfect time.