Syracuse women beat Lady Vols 89-67, head to 1st Final Four

Syracuse's Isabella Slim (10) and other players on the bench cheer after a three point during a women's college basketball regional final against Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sunday, March 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Alexis Peterson scored a season-high 29 points, Brianna Butler hit three straight 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to break open the game, and Syracuse advanced to its first women's Final Four with an 89-67 victory over Tennessee in the Sioux Falls Regional final Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Orange (29-7) will play No. 7 seed Washington in a national semifinal next Sunday in Indianapolis.

Reserve Cornelia Fondren made all six of her shots and finished with 13 points to help Syracuse follow its Friday upset of top-seeded South Carolina with its 15th victory in 16 games.

Diamond DeShields scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Vols (22-14) in the loss that finished their surprise NCAA run after a 13-loss regular season that was the worst in program history.