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Syracuse Women come from behind to take down Stony Brook in overtime

Nikki Oppenheimer and the rest of her Orange teammates thank the fans for coming following Sunday's home win over Stony Brook.

Stony Brook may not be a household name in Division-I women's college basketball, but it gave Syracuse all it could handle and then some.

The Orange, now ranked No. 25 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, jumped out to a 13-0 lead after knocking down its first three, three-point attempts.

From there, though, the Seawolves slowly, but surely, clawed their way back.

Stony Brook took the halftime lead, 34-32.

The Seawolves proved their second quarter comeback was not a fluke.

In fact, Stony Brook went blow-for-blow with the Orange until the end of regulation.

Stony Brook led by five points with less than a minute to play in regulation, but that's when the Orange used baskets from Tiana Mangakahia to close the gap.

Tied at 69 with 5.5 seconds to go, Stony Brooke proceeded to inbound the ball for the last shot.

However, Isis Young stole it away.

SU head coach Quentin Hillsman immediately called the timeout to talk it over.

With 2.2 seconds remaining, the Orange had a chance to win it in regulation.

The inbound pass went to Gabrielle Cooper, but her half-court heave was off the mark, which meant the game was headed to overtime.

That's when the Orange took over for good, led by Miranda Drummond and Amaya Finklea.

In the end, the Orange escaped with an 81-70 win.

Mangakahia tallied a game-high 29 points and 11 assists, while Drummond recorded 23 points and six rebounds.

"It would've been a different story if we lost this game," Hillsman said during his post game press conference. "The way I coached the second quarter, it was very well possible. All the credit goes to my kids because they really fought hard and they bailed me out today."

"I don't know, I feel like if anything we should've came out a lot stronger with our record 7-0. I don't know, we just came off slow -- actually we came off pretty strong -- and then we got a little bit slow. I think it may have gotten to our heads a little bit. We just laid off a bit, but we came out with the win," Drummond concluded with a smirk.

Syracuse (8-0, 0-0 ACC) will return to action Wednesday night when it hosts Colgate for a 7 p.m. start.

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