Syracuse, N.Y. – In the season opener for the Syracuse women’s basketball team, the Orange defeated Northeastern, 72-69, in a come-from-behind thriller at the Carrier Dome. Junior Iasia Hemingway scored a team high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Two players registered a double-double for the Orange. Sophomore Kayla Alexander put together an all-around solid showing, posting a double-double on 12 points and 12 rebounds. She also rejected four of Northeastern’s shot attempts. Sophomore Carmen Tyson-Thomas had 15 points, including three three-pointers, and 12 rebounds.
Syracuse turned Northeastern’s 20 turnovers into 25 points, including 12 on fast breaks. Rebounding was a key factor in SU’s win. The Orange grabbed 65 rebounds compared to the Huskies’ 29. Thirty-seven of SU’s rebounds came on the offensive end and resulted in 33 second-chance points.
The Orange trailed the majority of the contest, but clawed its way back late in the second half to take the lead. With 7:32 remaining, Elashier Hall drained a shot from behind the arc to bring SU within one, 54-53. A jumper by Alexander gave Syracuse its first lead of the second half, 55-54. There were four lead changes in a stretch of 41 seconds before SU finally gained a permanent lead with 4:05 remaining.
Northeastern, led by head coach Daynia La-Force Mann, were paced by Rachael Pecota’s 25 points and a game high seven three-pointers.