Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse women’s basketball team’s showcase game in opposition to Notre Dame on Monday turned out to be the mistaken type of highlight for the Orange application.
It still once more highlighted just how significantly SU is from functioning with the elite of the sport.
Defending nationwide winner Notre Dame toyed with Syracuse in its 98-68 win, making up a commanding lead in the 2nd quarter and then cutting down the only drama to no matter if the Orange could occur in just 20 details for the relaxation of the game.
(Spoiler warn: it could not).
The No. 4 Preventing Irish (26-3, 13-2) acquired a well balanced scoring attack with Arike Ogunbowale pumping in 24 details and Brianna Turner incorporating 22. Post gamers Marina Mabrey and Jessica Shepard popped in 17 for Notre Dame, which led 46-27 at 50 % and was never ever threatened from there.
Orange guard Tiana Mangakahia was held scoreless in the decisive initially 50 % but rallied to rate her crew with 17 details and 7 helps. No. 18 SU dropped to 20-7, 9-5.
Notre Dame blistered the nets with a 38-67 (56.7 percent) effort from the flooring and was 7-16 from 3 (43.8). SU was 28-72 (38.9 percent) on area goals and 6-20 from 3 (30 percent).
And after a 76-51 reduction to No. 3 Louisville before this season, an Orange squad that arrived into the yr which these kinds of substantial anticipations now appears to be to be in a a lot distinctive lane than the handful of powerhouse groups capable of achieving the Four Four.
“This is a game where by you have a fantastic chance to occur on your residence flooring and beat a pretty superior crew. And we didn’t consider edge of the chance,” explained SU coach Quentin Hillsman. “And that’s pretty disappointing. You have a probability on your residence flooring actively playing in opposition to a single of the ideal groups in the place. And we know that they’re a pretty superior basketball crew. I seriously come to feel that we’re a pretty superior basketball crew. But to occur on the flooring and accomplish this way is pretty disappointing.
“At the end of the working day, I’ve acquired to obtain a way to get our gamers to participate in at a substantial stage in online games like this. We just cannot occur out on the court and not get factors completed in these predicaments.”
Notre Dame buried SU with a whirlwind 2nd quarter in which the Preventing Irish outscored Syracuse 22-8. ND broke out a 16- operate to make a 46-27 cushion at 50 %. Syracuse shot just 3-13 in that quarter and missed all of its 3-point attempts.
The trouble started when Mangakahia acquired in early foul trouble, picking up a pair in the initially 50 %. That took absent SU’s conductor, though the Preventing Irish saved buzzing along. Notre Dame cranked out 29 helps total, when compared to 16 for SU.
“I was basically contemplating that when I was on the lookout at the stats. I was like, ‘Man, that’s a lot of helps and that’s why they’re so superior,”’ Mangakahia explained of Notre Dame. “Sharing the basketball is seriously what wins you the game. Aspect sharing it, all people scoring, all people contributing, no subject if it is details, helps or steals. Which is a fantastic thing to have. And it is really hard to guard when they’re transferring the ball rapid. So, yeah, they did a superior task of that.”
Shepard started the operate with a pair of foul pictures for a 28-23 Notre Dame edge 1:54 into the quarter, then tossed in a layup for a 7-point cushion. Turner powered in a layup with 6:31 remaining, and Jackie Young then turned a steal into a layup for a 34-23 lead.
The Preventing Irish’s inside attack was overpowering on the evening, profitable the details in the paint differential 60-40 (such as 32-10 in the initially 50 %).
“We’ve acquired to get inside and fight on the inside. We’ve acquired to consider the block. And we’re not executing a pretty superior task of that, both,” Hillsman explained.
Mabrey ongoing the inside dominance with a close-vary bucket, and Turner extra another of her own to make it 38-23. Mikayla Vaughn took her change down lower with 4:05 remaining, and when Turner spun in another inside the Preventing Irish loved a 42-23 edge with 2:52 left in the 50 %.
“I guess we type of just like missing our heads. We weren’t targeted,” explained SU ahead Miranda Drummond. “I come to feel like it’s possible some of us permit our heads down a tiny bit. Yeah, we had a lot of turnovers. And people weren’t hustling again.”
Notre Dame’s dominance and the Orange’s chilly capturing prevented Syracuse from seeking to squeeze the Preventing Irish with its push. SU compelled just two turnovers in the initially 50 % (and fully commited 12). The Preventing Irish gained the rapid split details (12-) and details off turnover (15-2) clashes in that initially 50 %.
“It’s tough actively playing in opposition to superior groups in unsettled predicaments. In the 2nd quarter, that’s what it was. So we could not get our protection set,” Hillsman explained.
Ogunbowale took about in the 2nd 50 %, pushing again on any hint of a SU mini-operate with 16 details in that stretch. Notre Dame tossed the last number of shovels of dust on the Orange with an 11-13 area target capturing overall performance in the fourth to change the sales opportunities from around 20 details to 30.
“I imagine it was just credit score to our posts, they have a superior inside-out game. They ended up equipped to obtain the guards on the perimeter,” Ogunbowale explained.
SU visits No. 22 Florida Point out on Thursday. Hillsman programs on packing his trademark defiance for the trip.
“We have a pretty superior basketball crew. I’m not going to again off of that,” he explained. “I have no challenge with the crew that we have on the flooring.”