No. 8 Ohio State edges No. 11 Syracuse, 77-72
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points and No. 8 Ohio State wasted a 15-point second-half lead before holding off No. 11 Syracuse 77-72 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Mitchell made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter to snuff out a Syracuse rally. The Buckeyes (5-1) will meet No. 5 Baylor in on Sunday in the championship game.
Sierra Calhoun scored 19 points, Stephanie Mavunga had 13, and Shayla Cooper grabbed 10 rebounds for Ohio State.
Alexis Peterson led all scorers with 29 points for Syracuse (4-2). Brittney Sykes had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Gabby Cooper scored 12 for Syracuse – which will meet No. 18 DePaul in the consolation game Sunday.