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  Syracuse 64, Wake Forest 54
Orange Hold on in Winston-Salem
March 2, 2014

 
By JP Mundy, Photos by Dana E. Warren

 
Senior Day at Wake Forest: Chelsea Douglas (left) and Lindsy Wright were honored for their contributions to the program.   Brianna Butler hit five three pointers, scoring a team high 17 points in the 64-54 Syracuse victory.
Photos by Dana E. Warren - view more at DEWShots.com

Brianna Butler went 5-11 from the three-point line and scored 17 points to lead visiting Syracuse over Wake Forest, 64-54 on Sunday. Wake Forest committed 15 first half turnovers which led to a 14 Orange points, and trailed by 15 at halftime. The Deacons cut the lead all the way down to five in the second half, but could never make the timely stop needed to come all the way back.

Syracuse (21-8, 10-6 ACC) earned the #5 seed in this week's ACC tournament and will play the winner of the 12/13 pitting Virginia Tech against Clemson. Wake Forest (14-15, 5-11 ACC) lost their fourth straight game, spoiling Senior Day for Chelsea Douglas (15 points) and Lindsy Wright (10 rebounds). Junior Dearica Hamby broke the Wake Forest record for most double-doubles in a season (21), a mark that stood for over 20 years.

Butler was joined in double figures by Shakeya Leary (14 points, 9 rebounds) and Brittney Sykes (12 points). The Orange only turned the ball over 12 times, and controlled the game for most of the afternoon despite getting out-rebounded 41-28.

Top Performers

  1. Brianna Butler 17 points, 5-11 from three-point range. When Wake Forest made a run, Butler always had an answer..

  2. Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest 22 points, 11 rebounds. The ACC's scoring leader scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, including the first three baskets of the locker room. The Deacs will need more than Hamby, though, to succeed in Greensboro.

Game Analysis

Why Syracuse won: 25 points off of 26 Wake Forest turnovers. The Deacs had a better FG percentage (42.9) and out-rebounded the Orange, but it was all for naught.

Why Wake Forest lost: See above, and perhaps the last few Wake Forest game recaps in this space. The only thing keeping the Deacs from success is how little they value the basketball.

The Game Turned When...: Syracuse held Wake Forest nearly 9 minutes of the first half without a field goal. Once the hole was dug, it was too late.

X-Factor: Coach Jen Hoover was fighting a serious stomach bug and really shouldn't have been on the bench today, but she was present for Senior Day regardless. Kelila Atkinson has been battling illness since the Duke game, but she contributed off the bench for the Deacs in a losing effort.

Key Stat: 15. The Orange were credited with 15 steals, mostly coming from the effective execution of their trapping defense.

Areas for Improvement: Syracuse has to create turnovers and create offensive possessions for themselves to win. While that might not be a huge issue against their second round opponent, NC State and potentially Notre Dame would be far more daunting. Wake Forest may not be illness-free, but they are injury-free and need to value the basketball to make a run in Greensboro.

Ramifications: Syracuse ends their first regular season in the ACC with a 10-6 mark. Not many paid attention to the Syracuse ladies at the beginning of the season, but they have everyone's attention now. Wake Forest simply needs a break. If what Coach Hoover was fighting gets spread amongst the team this week, their stay in Greensboro will be brief.

They Said It: "The first three I got, I got into rhythm. It gave me momentum for the rest of the game. My teammates were setting me up pretty well to knock down the open shot. It was a collective team effort to get me open.."- Syracuse guard Brianna Butler

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