Syracuse – After trailing for nearly all of the first half,the Syracuse Orange took control with a 10-0 in the fourth quarter to take out Stony Brook 64-49 Sunday afternoon. The Orange (5-2) were held to just 23 points in the first half on 26.6% shooting.
This was only the second home game of the season for the Lady Orange, having played in the SouthPoint Shootout and at Maryland for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
“Happy to get the win,” said head coach Quinten Hillsman. “We’ve been on the road for a little while and it’s hard to get into a flow, so it’s nice to be back home and get things going.”
It was hard for Syracuse to get things going in the first half, as a tight Stony Brook man-to-man defense prevented the Orange from doing much of anything offensively. In the opening quarter, the Lady Orange were held to just 9 points.
“We missed too many opportunities and left them out on the floor,” Hillsman said. “We can’t go out there and only score 23 points in the first half.”
The Orange took control in the second half, outscoring the Seawolves 22-12 in the third quarter, and a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter was too much for Stony Brook to come back from.
@Brianna Butler and Briana Day fueled the run, combining to score eight of the 10 points.
“They played a really tough second half and came out really strong to start the half,” Hillsman said. We did what we needed to do to win the basketball game.”
A flat energy early in the game was turned around in the second half, and the players knew they had to do something different to come out with the win in the return home.
“We were losing, so we couldn’t come out there with the same energy,” Briana Day said. “So I think it was just our energy was better. It wasn’t anything we had to change. We weren’t playing as hard as we could have. We had to get out there and pick it up.
Peterson was a big reason for the second half success, scoring 11 of her 18 points after halftime. Peterson led all scorers in the game. Ogechi Anyagaligbo led Stony Brook with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
“Pete’s tough,” Hillsman said. “She came out wanting to push the tempo and force some action. It made us go a little bit. She was tough and really picked the game up for us.
“When we started getting some turnovers and making some shots, it was definitely a momentum swing,” Peterson said. “
Day had a season high 15 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. The Orange were able to take advantage of their height inside by getting 30 points in the paint as opposed to the usual reliance on the outside shot.
“She did a good job getting post position so we could go high and low and take advantage of our size advantage,” Hillsman said. “They did a good job of taking the three away from us. I thought our kids were aggressive attacking the paint.”
Syracuse shot just 3-for-18 from deep in the game. The team averages 25 shots from behind the arc a game, but against a Seawolves defense that went under on ball screens, the Orange were able to get better shots.
“We knew we didn’t have to settle for the three, so we kept going inside for a higher percentage shot,” Peterson said.
Syracuse returns to action Wednesday against Coppin State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00.