Scores

Final

Villanova 56

(21-10, 9-7 Big East)

(24) Syracuse 61

(24-6, 11-5 Big East)

    Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN

    8:30 PM ET, March 10, 2013

    1 2 T
    VILL 23 3356
    #24SYR 32 2961

    Top Performers

    Villanova: R. Roberts 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    Syracuse: K. Alexander 34 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Kayla Alexander, No. 24 Syracuse top Villanova in Big East quarters

    Associated Press

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kayla Alexander matched her career high with 34 points, and No. 24 Syracuse withstood a rally to beat Villanova 61-56 Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

    The Orange (24-6) led by as many as 15 in the second half, before Villanova came storming back, cutting the lead to two with 2 minutes left.

    The Wildcats had won five of the last six meetings between the two schools, including a triple-overtime thriller on March 2. But they had to play this one without leading scorer Laura Sweeney, who suffered a concussion in the Wildcats' second-round win over Georgetown.

    Rachel Roberts and Taylor Holeman each had 14 points for Villanova (21-10).

    The Wildcats, who made a record 17 shots from behind the arc against Georgetown, converted nine Sunday.

    Alexander also pulled down 15 rebounds for the Orange, who will take on Connecticut in the semifinals on Monday night.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    VILL
    SYR
    Points 56 61
    FG Made-Attempted 21-58 (.362) 25-60 (.417)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-26 (.346) 1-10 (.100)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-9 (.556) 10-18 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 6 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 15

    Game Leaders

     
    VILL
    SYR
    PointsR. Roberts 14K. Alexander 34
    ReboundsM. Pearson 7K. Alexander 15
    AssistsM. Pearson 5R. Coffey 4
    StealsC. Coyer 1B. Butler 2

    2012-13 Season

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