Syracuse Women’s basketball falls short against Notre Dame, 72-70

It took four full quarters of basketball to decide a victor, but the day ultimately ended with Syracuse (15-12, 9-7 ACC) losing, 72-70, to Notre Dame (11-17, 6-10 ACC) Sunday afternoon in South Bend, Ind. Orange guard Kiara Lewis joined the 1,000-point club with her 24-point performance, and Gabrielle Cooper recorded back-to-back double-doubles. The loss snaps Syracuse’s five-game winning streak and evens the season series at 1-1.

Kiara Lewis

“We had a great opportunity down the stretch to win the game,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “That says a lot about our kids. This one stings a bit because we needed this game to keep the streak going but now we have to go back home, regroup, and get ready for our next one.”

Lewis is the 30th Orange to score 1,000 points in her career. She finished the day with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Cooper scored 17 and grabbed 10 boards to record her second consecutive, and third career, double-double. She joins Emily Engstler as the only players to complete the back-to-back feat this season. Cooper also reached the 200-point mark of her season today.

Notre Dame opened the game on a 20-5 run that lasted 5:23 of the first quarter. Syracuse sank just one field goal during that time, a three-pointer from Lewis.

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