Syracuse women’s basketball drops final regular season game to Boston College
SU women's basketball drops regular season finale to Boston College
It was a tale of two halves for the Syracuse women’s basketball team in their 95-71 loss against Boston College on Sunday afternoon.
The Orange fell behind by over 30 points and had no answer for Boston College’s offense in the first half. But, Syracuse battled back and cut BC’s lead down to 11 in the fourth quarter.
Boston College came out on fire and made its first five triples, jumping on the Orange early 15-4. Syracuse’s acting head coach Vonn Read called an early timeout, but the Eagles didn’t slow down and shot cose to 70% from the field in the first quarter.
“The game didn’t get off the way we wanted it to. We got off to a very slow start,” Read said.
The Orange couldn’t find a spark in the second quarter, either. Alaysia Styles, Syracuse’s only forward, picked up her second foul under a minute into the frame and sat for an extended time.
The Eagles took any shot they wanted whether it was Cameron Swartz from deep or Maria Gakdeng inside. The Orange went on a 6-0 run near half but then BC responded with two buckets right before intermission to take a 58-24 lead.
Syracuse tore out of the locker room and outscored the Eagles 21-15 in the third quarter, and 51-33 in the second half.
“Once we kind of slowed them down a little bit, got some momentum, it shifted the energy of the game,” Teisha Hyman said.
As Syracuse began to roll, so did its backcourt. Hyman led the way for the Orange with 22 points. Chrislyn Carr added 20.
“We told ourselves we weren’t going to get beat that bad,” Carr said.
A bigger blow for the Orange, Najé Murray went down and had to be helped off the court with a lower leg injury. Murray left early in the game and got assistance from the trainers before returning shortly thereafter.
Reed said after the game he did not know the extent of her injury but hoped she’ll be healthy for the ACC tournament.
The Orange finish the regular season 11-16 (4-13 ACC). They’ll head to the ACC tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, next week.