Drummond, Mangakahia guide Syracuse Women to 7-0 mark, drop Northwestern
The Syracuse women's basketball team (7-0, 0-0 ACC) is proving it is for real following an 81-74 win over Northwestern in the ACC-B1G Challenge, pushing the program to its seventh straight win.
Led by Miranda Drummond's 29 points and Tiana Mangakahia's 26 points, the Orange clawed its way past the Wildcats in the second half.
After trailing by two points at halftime, head coach Quentin Hillsman described what he told his team inside the locker room, which prompted a massive second half surge.
"I was questioning their heart and their guts because we fought really hard to get to this point, to be back in the Top 25 -- to have a program that's set a standard. I thought in the first half, we didn't live up to our standard of playing hard and being aggressive, and just being a gritty team."
"I don't know, I guess we just had to pick it up," Orange junior forward Miranda Drummond articulated. "They're a good team. They were pressing the ball and getting steals. So, we just had to change our whole state of mind and just come out strong."
The Orange outscored the Wildcats 47-to-38 in the second half, including 21 points off turnovers and 19 bench points.
Syracuse will host Stony Brooke on Sunday at 2 p.m.