SYRACUSE, N.Y – Down 15 points with 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the RV/RV Syracuse University women's basketball outscored its opposition by 36 points over the remainder of the contest to score a 83-62 victory against Drexel on Tuesday night.
"We were able to get our press set," head coach Quentin Hillsman stated. "I thought that was humungous for us, to get our press set and be able to speed the game up. That was the difference in the game. We started scoring the basketball and that was it."
Drexel (4-7, 0-0) led, 22-7, with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame. Syracuse (8-3, 0-0) used a 30-9 run to overtake the opposition for good. In that stretch, senior guard Brianna Butler knocked down three 3-point field goals to move into ninth place on the SU all-time scoring list. She has scored 1,286 points in her collegiate career.
The Dragons attempted to mount a comeback late in the game, but the Orange used a late run to put them away. Leading by five points with 8:53 remaining in regulation, the club would close the contest on an 18-2 run en route to its eighth victory of the 2015-16 season.
Junior center Briana Day put together one of her best performances of her collegiate career. Day recorded a personal-best 26 points and 13 rebounds on the night. It marked the second straight contest that a Syracuse player recorded a double-double.
Redshirt junior guard Brittney Sykes notched 16 points against Drexel, while junior guard Alexis Peterson had 11 points on the night. Syracuse owns a 6-2 overall record when at least three players score at least 10 points.
Syracuse is back in action on Wednesday night when it hosts Howard in the Carrier Dome. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-888-DOMETIX, or by visiting the Carrier Dome box office (Gate B). The box office will be open three hours prior to tipoff on Wednesday.
POST GAME NOTES
- The Orange defense caused 23 turnovers, the second most it has forced this season.
- Syracuse had three players in double-digits; junior guard Briana Day led with 26, redshirt junior guard Brittney Sykes had 16 points, and junior guard Alexis Peterson put up 11 points. The Orange is 6-2 when three players or more player score in double-figures.
- Nine different players scored for the Orange.
- Syracuse registered its most third quarter points this season. The Orange scored 29 points in the third quarter.
- The Orange overcame a 15-point deficit in the first quarter, winning by 21 points.
- With her nine-point effort, senior guard Brianna Butler scored her 1,286th career point passing Beth Record and moving her to ninth on the all-time Syracuse scoring list.
- Junior center Briana Day recorded a career-high 26 points. Day shot 9-for-14 from the field and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. Her 26 points is the highest mark by any Orange player this year.
- Junior center Briana Day grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds. Her career-high, 19 rebounds, came last year against Duquesne on Nov. 19.
- Junior guard Alexis Peterson notched 11 points, marking the ninth time this season she has scored in double-figures.
- Redshirt-junior guard Brittney Sykes had a 16-point performance. Sykes is now just 71 points shy of scoring her 1,000th career point.