SU women grab first ACC win
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:59:41 GMT —
Brianna Butler shot 54-percent from beyond the arc and contributed 23 points to help the Orange earn their first ACC win as they downed Georgia Tech 76-70.
After falling behind by an eight point deficit with 7:21 left to play, Syracuse went on a 12-point drive care of Butler and Brittney Sykes, to take a 67-63 lead.
The Yellow Jackets, however, kept it close.
With just under two and a half minutes on the clock Tyaunna Marshall tied things up at 67.
Sykes and Butler, however, weren't looking to let the Yellow Jackets take back the lead. Driving down the court Sykes kicked it out to Butler, who drained her seventh 3-pointer of the night, tying a career record and taking a lead that the Orange would not relinquish.
Georgia Tech's Marshall lead both sides in scoring with 24. Despite four Yellow Jackets scoring in double digits, Georgia Tech struggled at the free throw line, hitting just six of their 14 attempts in the close contest. Syracuse meanwhile capitalized at the line, hitting 14 of their 19 chances.
Syracuse shooters overcame a shaky first half, where they shot just 37-percent from the field, sinking 52-percent inside the arc and 50-percent from beyond. Sykes started the day with an uncharacteristic two-point first half, but after a second half surge she finished the day with 14 points.
The win snapped the Orange's three game losing skid, improving their record to 12-4 and 1-2 in ACC play. On Thursday they'll travel to No. 6 Maryland to face a 13-1 Terps squad.