Fourteen Steals and 17 points off 21 Georgia Tech turnovers.
While the Orange shot just 36 percent on the afternoon, the defensive hustle shown by Syracuse on Sunday inside McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta allowed Coach Q’s team to go home with the 65-60 win over Georgia Tech.
Syracuse won the tip off and looked strong on the offensive side of the ball in the early minutes of the half after initially missing its first three shot attempts.
Isabella Slim struck first for the Orange with a three-pointer at the 18:52 mark.
Layups by Cornelia Fondren and Briana Day put Syracuse ahead 7-0 over the Yellow Jackets within the first three minutes of play.
Brianna Butler became the fourth Orange woman to score, sinking a three at the 16:51 mark, followed by another Day layup.
Within six minutes of play, Syracuse took a 12-2 advantage over Georgia Tech, shooting 5-of-13 from the field.
But the Yellow Jackets didn’t stay down for long.
Eight points in the next four minutes by Georgia Tech sophomore Kaela Davis helped put the Yellow Jackets back within five points of the Orange with 10 minutes left in the half.
Syracuse came back with three-pointers by Butler, Fondren, and Peterson and took a 28-17 advantage with just under six minutes remaining on the clock.
The Orange led by as much as 14 points in the first 20 minutes, going up 33-19 over the Yellow Jackets off Slim’s second three-pointer of the day at the 4:20 mark.
But Georgia Tech ended the half on an 8-0 run, cutting the Syracuse lead down to 35-30 going into the break.
SECOND HALF NOTES
While the Yellow Jackets cut the Orange lead down to single digits at the end of the first half, Syracuse came out of the locker room looking much as it did early in the game.
Within the first 16 seconds, Briana Day found the basket after an assist by Slim.
Georgia Tech came back with a layup of its own, but Butler found the hoop for another three-pointer, giving SU a 40-32 lead.
After nearly eight minutes of play, the Orange took its largest lead of the game, putting the Yellow Jackets down by 15 points with 13:22 on the clock.
But once again, Georgia Tech, made a last-minute reach for the win.
With just 1:38 left to play in the game, a jumper by freshman forward Zaire O’Neil put the Jackets within eight points of the lead.
O’Neil found the basket again for a layup with 21 seconds on the clock, making the score 63-57, Syracuse with the advantage.
Georgia Tech fouled Peterson with seven seconds left in regulation, and the sophomore guard sealed the win for the Orange, making both shots.
The Orange made this one another team win, with seven players putting points on the scoreboard, two shy of the nine scorers Syracuse had in its win over North Carolina on Thursday.
Six players contributed a minimum of six points.
Peterson and Butler lead the team with 14 points each, Butler getting nine of her points from beyond the arc.
While Briana Day accounted for just four points in her previous game, the 6’4 sophomore shot 6-of-11 for 12 points on Sunday.
Day also had eight rebounds, followed by Fondren, who grabbed five off the glass.
Fondren contributed eight points in the win, while Henderson put up seven points and four steals in a game that came to rely heavily on defense.
Next Up for the Orange
Syracuse heads home to host Miami (16-7, 6-4) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome.
The Hurricanes head into the matchup coming off a loss on the road in Tallahassee against the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles, the same place the Orange suffered a loss just six days ago.
Sunday’s road win over the Yellow Jackets along with Thursday’s upset over No. 13 North Carolina should be enough to give the No. 25 Orange a bump up in the polls.
Syracuse improves its overall record to 17-7, and boosts its ACC record to 7-4.
The victory marks the eighth straight season the Orange has recorded a minimum of 17 wins.