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Freshmen guard Gabby Cooper came firing out of the gate, hitting five from deep in the first six minutes of play. Senior guard Brittney Sykes added two from range and senior forward Isabella Slim had one three-pointer in the first quarter to give the Orange a total of eight, the most in a quarter for Syracuse this season.
Syracuse built a 33-8 lead in the first period. The Cyclones chipped into the lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Orange by four points but 'Cuse had the scoring advantage in the second half, 45-24.
Cooper had a career-high of eight threes, a new Syracuse postseason record. Her 24 points were also a new career high for the rookie, beating her previous high of 19 points.
Alexis Peterson filled out the box score with 25 points, eight assists and five steals. Her eight assisters were the most by a Syracuse player in the postseason in program history.
Brittney Sykes had four three-pointers in the game, tying a career high reached two other times. Sykes finished with 28 points and six rebounds.
The Orange had a hot hand for most of the night hitting 15 three-pointers in the contest, a new program postseason record. It was the most threes for 'Cuse since Nov. 11, 2016 against Rhode Island with 17. Syracuse also had a new postseason high 14 steals.
Syracuse will face the host team and No. 1 overall seed UConn on Monday in Storrs. Tip time will be announced later. The Huskies advanced with a 116-55 win against No. 16 Albany.