Bounce Back Shooting Performance Helps Syracuse Handle Wake Forest 77-56

Thursday, Jan 11, 2024 at 4:42 pm by Sports Editor

By Andrew Della Piana | @dellie_5


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Prior to Thursday, the Orange were coming off two of their lowest shooting percentage games of the campaign, against the Eagles (37.1%) and the Tar Heels (29.6%). Syracuse women’s basketball (13-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got a much-needed bounce-back performance in a 77-56 win over Wake Forest (4-12, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). SU shot over 54% from the field in the victory, their best shooting performance in an ACC game this season.


In the first quarter, the two teams exchanged field goals before going into the under-five media timeout at 7-7. After ten minutes of play, Syracuse had a slim 14-9 lead but then went on a 10-0 run to begin the second frame. The Orange led by as much as 15 points in the first half, making it 24-9, but the Demon Deacons responded with a 10-1 run of their own as SU owned a nine-point lead at halftime.


The ‘Cuse put its stamp on the game in the third after shooting over 66% in the quarter, opening the period with a 10-0 run to expand its lead. Dyaisha Fair, Kyra Wood, and Alyssa Latham each scored six points in the period, accounting for 18 of SU’s 25 points.


Syracuse grabbed its largest lead of the afternoon, 62-39, early in the fourth quarter when Georgia Woolley knocked down her first three-pointer. Once again, the Orange jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the stanza. The Orange cruised from there, improving to 3-1 in ACC play with their second road win of the season.


Overall, Fair led Syracuse with 21 points and moved into 16th place on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list in women’s basketball. She needs just 14 more points to reach 3,000 for her career.


Syracuse makes its way back home to take on Clemson on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. This season, the Orange are 9-0 at the Dome and have a 13-game winning run at home. 


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