Comeback Kids: SU Women erase 8 -point halftime deficit to take down Drexel

Syracuse head women's basketball coach Quentin Hillsman has guided the Orange to a perfect 10-0 start to the new season.

Halftime deficits are proving to be no match for the Syracuse women's basketball team.

The Orange trailed by eight points during Saturday night's home contest with Drexel, but to no avail, the Orange responded in the second half, taking down the Dragons, 72-62.

After trailing 41-33 at the half, Syracuse punched back with a second half rally led by five players in double figures.

Digna Strautmane led the Orange with 19 points, including 11 rebounds and four blocks in the win.

Meanwhile, Miranda Drummond (17 points, 8 rebounds), Tiana Mangakahia (16 points, 10 assists), Gabrielle Coopers (10 points) and Isis Young (10 points) each contributed to the second half turnaround.

One season ago, Drexel defeated the Orange in Philadelphia.

Head coach Quentin Hillsman remebered that game.

"Absolutely was -- definitely was," Hillsman responded when asked if last year's loss served as motivation this time around. "They beat us at their place -- well deserved. They closed the game and we talked about defending our home court and trying to play well here."

The Orange will meet Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Carolinas Challenge, where the game will be played from Myrtle Beach.

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