Syracuse, NY — The Syracuse women’s basketball team suffered a brutal 102-53 loss to No. 23 Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome on Thursday night.
The Orange’s 49-point defeat was the largest point-differential of the season, surpassing a 36-point loss at North Carolina on Dec. 30.
Virginia Tech center Elizabeth Kitley took advantage of her 6-foot-6 frame and attacked Syracuse’s undersized frontcourt early and often, leading her team with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. She made 11-of-17 from the field. The Hokies shot 58.1% from the field overall, including 53.8% from beyond the 3-point line.
Fresh off breaking the ACC’s career 3-point record, Aisha Sheppard continued her prolific shooting from deep as she made six 3-pointers on Thursday. Five of them occurred in the first half, including three straight triples to start the game. She finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Syracuse (11-13, 4-11 ACC) has lost seven of eight games against nationally-ranked opponents this season sans an upset over previously-ranked No. 18 Ohio State. The Orange was led by an 18-point effort from Teisha Hyman. The only other Syracuse player to reach double scoring figures was Chrislyn Carr, who totaled 14 points and five assists.
Syracuse wore its pink road Play4Kay jerseys for the first time this season. The game is part of a national movement through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund focused on the fight against breast cancer. Over the last three games, Syracuse went 2-1 in its white and pink Play4Kay uniforms.
ACC teams wear pink uniforms to honor former North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, who battled stage 4 breast cancer on-and-off for 22 years until her death in 2009.
Virginia Tech made three of its first four 3-pointers to take an early 11-3 lead. Kitley imposed her will early by making a couple of baskets on the inside. The Hokies led 16-6 at the first media break of the game as Sheppard and Kitley continued to hurt the Orange from both outside and inside. Virginia Tech made six consecutive triples until there was one minute left in the period. Syracuse trailed 30-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Syracuse only scored five points in the fourth quarter and trailed by as many as 52 with 32 seconds remaining in the game. The Orange has one home game left, a Feb. 27 matchup against Boston College in its regular season finale.
Syracuse will travel to No. 4 NC State on Sunday (2 pm, YES Network) to conclude a stretch of four games in seven days.
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