The SU women's basketball team (23-9) beat Chattanooga (29-4) 59-53 on Saturday, the first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in the program's history.
The Orange held a slight lead for much of the first half, going into the locker room leading 28-24. After Chattanooga cut the lead to two at 30-28 early in the second, the Orange went on a 10-3 run. After the Mocs cut the lead to four, there was a scary moment inside Memorial Coliseum.
Sophomore star guard Brittney Sykes, who had scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at that point, landed awkwardly driving to the basket. She collapsed to the floor in considerable pain, and coach Quentin Hillsman consoled her as the arena went silent. She was helped off the court, and watched the rest of the game on crutches on the sideline.
The Orange responded after that, going on to win 59-53. SU graduate student Shakeya Leary led the Orange with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Much like Sykes, Brianna Butler also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Orange will take on 3-seed Kentucky on Monday in Lexington.