No. 11 Syracuse women hold on, beat George Washington 74-71
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Alexis Peterson scored 27 points and had seven assists as No. 11 Syracuse held off George Washington 74-71 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday night.
The Orange (4-1) will face No. 8 Ohio State in the semifinal, while George Washington (3-2) plays Florida Gulf Coast. Both games are Saturday.
Brittney Sykes added 21 points for Syracuse, which bounced back from a 62-61 loss against Drexel on Monday.
Caira Washington and Lexi Martins scored 13 points apiece for the Colonials. Kelli Prange added 12 points.
Syracuse outscored George Washington 26-8 in the second quarter and led 43-26 at the break. The Orange had an 11-point lead midway through the fourth before George Washington used a 15-6 spurt, capped by Martins' 3-pointer, to pull to 73-71 with 18 seconds left.
Peterson split a pair of free throws and Prange missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left to end it.