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  ACC Semi: #3 Syracuse 80, #2 Louisville 75
Orange Use Inside Attack to Survive and Advance
March 5, 2016

 
By Orin Day

Brittney Sykes (left) and Maggie Morrison jump for joy after the final buzzer of Syracuse's 80-75 win over #2 seed Louisville in today's second ACC Women's Basketball Tournament semifinal. The third-seeded Orange advance to face top seed Notre Dame in Sunday's championship game.
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GREENSBORO -- Syracuse overcame a Louisville third quarter offensive outburst to upset the second-seed Cardinals 80-75 and advance to the ACC Championship. The Orange came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the ACC, having rattled off ten wins after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Notre Dame (90-62 on 1/21) and Louisville (71-53 on 1/25). Having avenged the loss to the Cards they'll get a crack at the Irish on Sunday. A key for the Orange was being able to break down the Louisville defense with drives or pulling up, as only six of their 31 baskets were assisted. Meanwhile, three Louisville players, Myisha Hynes-Allen, Briahanna Jackson, and Asia Durr scored 68 of the Cards 75 points, with the rest of the roster managing just 3-16 from the floor. But Cornelia Fondren came off the Syracuse bench to counter reserve Durr, ripping off an impressive 18 point / 13 board double-double.

Syracuse threw the first punch in the first quarter with 21 points -- 12 in the paint and eight off of Louisville turnovers. After back to back hoops by Asia Durr drew the Cardinals even at 12 each, the Cuse rattled off a 14-2 run well into the second period to lead 26-14 with 7:28 left in the half. When Jeff Walz adjusted the Louisville defense to close off the porous middle, the Orange countered with reserves Taylor Ford and Maggie Morrison hitting a trio of three pointers, and the Cards comeback effort fizzled for the time being, 39-33 Orange at the half.

Try as they might, Louisville couldn't get back to back stops to eat into the Syracuse working margin until Asia Durr found the corner open for back-to-back threes, forcing a tie at 51 midway through the third. Five straight points from ACC POTY Myisha Hines-Allen finally put the Cards ahead by one, but the game went to the final period knotted at 62. Louisville shot a blistering 61% from the floor in the quarter, a rate that proved unsustainable going forward.

The final quarter was a see-saw affair with five lead changes and four ties, coming down to the Cards needing threes in the closing minutes to tie that they just couldn't stick. Meanwhile, Syracuse played with confidence despite some adversity in winning time, hitting jumpers and free throws to survive and advance. "We knew that we had to get in there and do the same thing and make the game grimy and just get tough," said Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman. And that's what we talked about the last three minutes of the game was getting every rebound, contesting every shot, getting a body on a body and just toughen the game out. But you've got to give Louisville a lot of credit. Everything was contested and they really fought hard and we just came out and made a couple plays late."

Top Performers

  1. Myisha Hynes-Allen, Louisville: 27 points (9-13 FG, 9-9 FT), 12 rebounds. When the Cuse zone allowed her to get the ball, she scored -- except with the Cards down one and 30 seconds left.

  2. Cornelia Fondren, Syracuse : 18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists. What an amazing lift from the bench for the Orange. Coach Q summed it up: "She has really sacrificed so much to come off the bench for these years for us to win. That`s one thing I just try to tell her is if you can just play your role and be a star in your role and come off the bench and play any position that I put you in for, we're going to be successful. That's what she does. She comes in every night and she plays tough. She's not once complained, and we just depend on her so much in so many different aspects of our game and winning, and she's been a remarkable player, and she's sacrificed so much for us to be here today."

  3. Asia Durr, Louisville : 23 points (8-17 FG, 4-10 3FG). Durr answered Fondren's bench points. She single-handedly shot the Cards back into the game and things might have been different if she'd taken their last potentially game-tying shot.

Game Analysis

Why Syracuse Won: Outstanding toughness and valuing the basketball.

Why Louisville Lost: The Cards couldn't answer the call from behind the arc or find a second effective inside scorer

The Game Turned When...: It looked like curtains for Syracuse when Briana Day fouled out trying to stop Asia Durr with 3:23 left in the game -- the ensuing free throw put Louisville up 73-69. Bria Day entered the game and the Orange answered with a Brianna Butler trey and a pair of Cornelia Fondren free throws to lead 74-73. Bria blocked a Mariya Moore layup on the ensuing possession, injuring her shoulder in the process, but did not exit the game. Unable to do anything but screen on the offensive end, Bria toughed it out to get a key rebound, and four Cuse free throws sealed the victory.

X-Factor: Fondren's amazing outburst.

Areas for Improvement: Louisville will go home to work on cutting off easy paths to the basket, while Syracuse needs to do better than 6-27 behind the arc against the Irish. They were 1-10 in the second half.

Ramifications: Louisville may have lost their shot at hosting the NCAA First and Second rounds. Syracuse may have that wrapped up, and certainly would host should they manage to knock off Notre Dame.

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