Alexander's 34 pushes Syracuse into Big East semifinals
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HARTFORD, Conn - (AP) 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.