Miranda Drummond led the Orange with 15 points and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi tallied 10 points for her 10th double-digit scoring game of the season in 12th-ranked Syracuse’s 65-55 loss at Georgia Tech on Sunday. The loss is the first in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Orange (15-3, 4-1 ACC) this season and breaks Syracuse’s nine-game win streak.
“They moved into a zone and just shut us down,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “They went to a 2-3 zone and we weren’t executing. We need to get more shots and knock them down. We have to make more shots than that.”
Georgia Tech, which boasts the fourth-ranked defense in the ACC, held Syracuse’s prolific offense which averages 79.7 points per game, to a season-low 55 points. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first seven minutes of the game before the Orange responded with a 10-0 run to close the low-scoring quarter with a 15-12 lead.
Syracuse started the second quarter on an 10-2 run, keyed by three-point field goals from Drummond and Emily Engstler, that gave the Orange a 25-14 lead with 5:47 left in the first half. Kiara Lewis’s steal led to Gabrielle Cooper’s jump shot at the buzzer to give Syracuse a 35-25 advantage at halftime. Cooper finished the game with eight points and rebounds
Georgia Tech’s Francesa Pan hit a three-pointer with 3:30 left in the third quarter to ignite an 11-2 Yellow Jacket run that cut Syracuse’s lead to two, 48-46, at the end of the third and then outscored Syracuse 19-7 in the final quarter for the 65-55 victory.
Syracuse returns home to the Carrier Dome to face Miami on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m.