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Late free throws lift West Virginia over Syracuse, 71-69

A Sunday thriller in Winter Park, Fla. ended with No. 22 West Virginia edging out Syracuse, 71-69, in the Florida Sunshine Classic finale. Redshirt junior Kiara Lewis recorded a career-best 32 points, surpassing her 22-point high against Oregon earlier this season (Nov. 24). Lewis and Amaya Finklea-Guity both earned spots on the All-Tournament team for their weekend performances. Lewis recorded 50 points, 11 assists and 11 boards, while Finklea-Guity had 14 points, 12 boards, six blocks and two steals.

Kiara Lewis

“This was a very tough physical basketball game,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I thought our kids did a really good job at fighting back from down 20 to coming back and having a chance to win the game. At the end of the day we just have to be smart and close out games down the stretch.”

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