NEW HAVEN, CT. (SU ATHLETICS) Syracuse women’s basketball wrapped up its two-game road trip with a 60-58 comeback win against Yale in the John J. Lee Amphitheatre. The Orange win their first road game under first-year head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
The Orange erased a 12-point halftime deficit behind double-digit scoring figures from senior guard Dyaisha Fair and graduate center Dariauna Lewis. Fair scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half. Syracuse secures the win despite being held to a season low 60 points.
The second half began with Syracuse trailing Yale, 37-25. The Orange cut the Bulldog lead down to three before the fourth quarter, as four free-throws at the end of the third put ‘Cuse in striking distance.
With 6:23 left in the game, Syracuse went on a 5-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 56-54. After both teams traded baskets to level the score at 58, ‘Cuse won the game after Fair found Lewis for a layup on the fast break. Yale missed its final three field goals in the last 11 seconds of the game.
“I coach tough teams, blue collar teams,” Legette-Jack said after the game. “In the second half we played tough ball, and the toughest team won.”
Sophomore guard Georgia Woolley registered a season-high 11 points. The Brisbane, Australian native went 6-7 from the free throw line and knocked down a three-point field goal.
Syracuse was rewarded for its hustle and intensity, as the Orange scored 16 second-chance points. Yale only scored seven second chance points.
Syracuse kicks off a four-game homestand with a 7 PM game against Coppin State on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the JMA Wireless Dome. Fans can catch all the action on ACCNX.