The dog days of summer are long gone in Syracuse. The snow was falling hard outside of the Carrier Dome on Doggy Dome Day, all while the Orange women elected to rain threes instead of cats and dogs inside, during its 79-52 victory over Boston College.
The Orange got hot from the start. Within the first 33 seconds, Briana Day forced a steal, got an offensive board and scored for the Orange.
You could have called it ‘Briana Day’ at the Dome, as she ended up with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. She was part of an 11-2 Syracuse run in the first three minutes. During the run she scored twice more, along with an Isabella Slim three-pointer, and a Brittney Sykes layup.
"We have to continue to be solid and play that way night-in and night-out," Syracuse Head Coach Quentin Hillman said. "Just continue to keep our energy up and really pressure."
Over the remainder of the first quarter, the Eagles’ Kelly Hughes and Emily Guy would battle back-and-forth with the Orange’s Isabella Slim and Brittney Sykes. Slim had eight of her fifteen points in the quarter, including two from deep. Sykes had seven of her game-high 21 points in the quarter as well. At the end of ten minutes of play, it was 21-14 Syracuse.
"We need everyone to step up," Brittney Sykes said. "You never know what's going to happen in a game."
Briana Day got things rolling to start the second quarter with another layup. The Orange had a nine-point lead, but the Eagles fought back. Georgia Pineau and Emma Guy scored six straight for the Eagles over the next 4:16, cutting SU’s lead to 23-20.
Alexis Peterson broke the run with her first basket of the game with just under five minutes remaining in the half. She wound up scoring 15, adding in a career-high 14 assists.
Including the Peterson basket, SU and BC put up seven and five points respectively in the span of 41 seconds. It was 30-25 Orange with 4:14 until the half.
Mariella Fasoula scored four more points for the Eagles in the half, while Alexis Peterson put in four points of her own, along with a pair of Brittney Sykes free throws. Syracuse and Boston College looked to be in a dogfight on Doggy Day, with the score 36-31 at the half.
Both teams had success in the paint, scoring 20 apiece. SU scored 16 points on 16 Eagle turnovers at the midway point.
In the third quarter, the Orange offense came off the leash. Sykes started things off with a triple. Taylor Ortlepp answered back on the next Eagles possession with a three of her own.
Syracuse went on an 8-2 run over the next 2:32 to open up an eleven-point lead. Guy and Pineau scored the only four points for Boston College for the remaining 6:39 of the quarter. In that same stretch, the Orange scored 16, opening up a commanding 63-40 lead.
"I thought that our pressure got them out of their offense, the second half," Hillsman said. "They didn't run their offense."
Just like in each of the first three quarters, Briana Day scored within about a minute of action in the fourth. The Eagles were able to keep pace with the Orange offensive output, but could not carve into the big deficit. SU spread the ball, and found Abby Grant for two three-point baskets in the quarter.
1,614 were in attendance to witness the Orange's 27-point victory, as they move to 12-5 on the year, and 3-1 in ACC play. They outrebounded the Eagles 42-30, forcing 24 BC turnovers, while shooting 42 percent from the field, including eleven three-pointers.
Next up for Syracuse is a date with 23rd-ranked NC State on Thursday in the Dome. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.