SU Wins Big on Senior Night, 85-64 against Wake Forest

SU Women's hoops triumphant over Wake Forest in the final regular-season game in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse, N.Y -- After the devastating loss to No. 5 Notre Dame in a packed Dome Sunday, the Syracuse women’s basketball team bounced back to knock down Wake Forest 85-64 Thursday night in the Dome.

Four SU seniors—Brittney Sykes, Alexis Peterson, Briana Day and Bria Day—combined for 68 of the team's 86 points. Peterson, the record holder in single-season scoring, racked up 25. 

Briana Day earned herself a double-double after just the first 20 minutes of the match. She ended with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Just under one minute in, Peterson dropped in a three-pointer for the first basket of the night. That was one of the two shots she would make from behind the arc in her eight attempts.

Minutes later, the ball was swatted out of the hands of Peterson as she was making her way down the court. But, the ball found Sykes under the basket who then had the easy layup. That was the end of a 12-0 run in the middle of the first period.

By the time the first 10 minutes were played, the Orange held the 27-18 lead.

The teams traded baskets at the start of the second, but SU began to pull away towards the final minutes of the half—nine points to the Deacon’s two. The lead was 14, 42-28, as each team headed into the locker room. 

To begin the third, Wake Forest broke the deficit down to just seven. But, that was the smallest the lead would be for the remainder of the game.

Later in the quarter, Peterson cleanly intercepted a Deacon pass and took it down the court for the easy up. The basket put her team up 21.

The final quarter, Gabby Cooper knocked down back-to-back threes. She tapped out at 15 points and was the only non-senior to reach double digits. 

At the final buzzer, the score was 85-64. 

The Demon Deacons made eight of 17 from downtown, a 33.3 percentage. The Orange made just four, tying their season low, in 27 attempts.

Each team ended with 44 rebounds but WFU suffered 25 turnovers, which the Orange converted into 29 points. Wake Forest had just four points on 16 opposition turnovers. 

Looking forward,  SU will play their final regular-season game Sunday against Pittsburgh on the road with a 2 p.m. tipoff.

ACC tournament play will begin on March 1. Syracuse currently stands in sixth place in the conference standings. Seeds 5-9 are scheduled to bypass the first round of the ACC tournament and begin play on Thursday, March 2.

If N.C. State and Louisville drop their final games and the Orange beat Pitt Sunday, Syracuse could possibly end up in a three-way tie for the fourth place in the ACC standings. 

The NCAA selection show for the tournament will occur at 7 p.m. on March 13.

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