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Syracuse takes down Virginia to advance to ACC Quarterfinals

Syracuse led for the final 27 minutes of the game and allowed just three points in the fourth quarter, beating Virginia 67-50 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the second-straight year.

The Orange forced 26 turnovers and blocked 10 shots, while holding Virginia to 50 points, tying a season low for the Cavaliers. Syracuse had five players in double-figures, Amaya Finklea-Guity (15), Gabrielle Cooper (13), Emily Engstler (13), Kiara Lewis (11) and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi (10).

Amaya Finklea-Guily

Syracuse forced 26 turnovers, Virginia’s most turnovers all season. The Orange’s 30 points off turnovers were the most the Cavaliers surrendered this season.

Syracuse held Virginia to three points in the fourth quarter, the least amount of points the Orange have given up in a quarter all season. The Orange outscored the Cavaliers 14-3 in the final frame.

This was Gabrielle Cooper’s 125th start, the sixth most games started in program history. She moved into sole possession of 23rd on the SU all-time scoring list with 13 points today. Cooper became the 24th player in program history to score 1,100 career points with a made layup in the second quarter.

Amaya Finklea-Guity scored a season high 15 points, just three away from her career high.