By: Kylan Watson
The last-time the Syracuse Orange Women’s Basketball team was on the court, they were blown out by 22-points by the 18th rank Louisville Cardinals. They needed to make a statement as they played the Boston College Eagles this afternoon. They were able to make a huge statement as they blew out the Eagles by a score of 96-69.
The Orange were led by guard, Miranda Drummond. Drummond scored a game high 24-points, and made six three-pointers, a new career high. The Orange went on a stretch where they made seven straight three-pointers and that was largely off the hot shooting from Drummond.
Drummond said, “I don’t know if there was anything different, but I felt, I was more open this game. I felt like Boston College was more focused on defending the inside and shutting down those players. So, I guess that created like the open shot for me.
As a team they shot a season high 60% from the field.
Head Coach Quentin Hillsman said, “We came home and defended our home court. I thought we did a great job in doing that. We got out in space, we played fast, we sped them up, but they didn’t turn the ball over against our pressure, but we had the pace we wanted. We scored the ball well and shot 60% from the field and that’s what you want. “
She was not the only one Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi scored 16-points, grabbed six rebounds, and had three blocks. She was a force for the Orange on both sides of the ball. She was able to change the shots of the Eagles players and made them think twice about trying to score in the paint.
Thanks to both Djaldi-Tabdi and Drummond, The Orange were able to start an offensive surge in both the first and second quarters. That early offensive surge allowed them to put the game away, despite the Eagles best efforts.
Boston College would not go away quietly though as they got off to a 6-0 run early in the second half because of some sloppy turnovers by the Orange. They were led by Forward Emma Guy who had 30-points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Guy really was a force to be reckon with on the inside and she was able to get centers for the Orange in foul trouble because of her play. Guy was a big factor in why the Orange were outrebounded by the Eagles.
The Orange picked-up their 18th victory of the season and made a big statement as they head into the tougher half of their schedule, which includes the ninth rank NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday night, the fourth rank Notre Dame Irish, and the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Orange will need to keep their hot shooting percentage and excellent defensive play going, if they want to stay on top of the ACC standings.