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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (cuse.com) – The No. 14/15 Syracuse University women's basketball danced its way into the program's first Sweet 16 appearance with a 76-59 victory against RV/RV Albany on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse will face the winner of No. 3/2 South Carolina and Kansas State on Friday, March 25 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
"It's just an amzing feeling for our players," head coach Quentin Hillsman said. "They work so hard and they really deserve this moment. I am happy for them. We are really excited to be moving onto the next round."
It was another record-breaking day in a historic season for Syracuse (27-7). The Orange set a new program record with their 27th victory of the season. The senior class earned their 96th win, matching the school record. A crowd of 3,842 people also were in attendance, which was the third-best mark in program history.
The Orange trailed early, 11-9, but redshirt senior guard Maggie Morrison drained back to back triples, giving them the lead. Syracuse would not trail again in the game, extending their lead to as much as 18 points. Junior guard Alexis Peterson racked up 15 points in the first half, sending the squad into the locker room with a 40-33 advantage.
A jumper from Peterson with less than two minutes left in the third quarter extended the Orange's lead to 14 points, forcing Albany to call a timeout. Syracuse returned from the timeout with a triple from Morrison giving the Orange a commanding 61-45 lead after three quarters of play. Albany never gave up, but the Orange were determined to advance and they extended their season with a final score of 76-59.
Redshirt junior guard Brittney Sykes led the Orange with 24 points on the day, tying the program's NCAA Tournament record. Peterson notched 22 points, her second 20-point game of the tournament. Junior center Bria Day grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for Syracuse.
Friday's game is part of a two-game session, with the Orange playing at either 6:00 pm or 8:30 pm. The ticket for the Friday session is $25.00, includes convenience fees. If Syracuse should advance to the Sunday game, you will be charged $17 per ticket for the same quantity you purchased for the Friday session. Tickets are available for purchase here.
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