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Eliminated: Syracuse WBB Falls to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament

The Syracuse Orange women's basketball team was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night with a 97-68 thrashing against the top seeded South Carolina.

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The Orange came for revenge, but came away with a rout.

Syracuse's season, meanwhile, came to an end.

The top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (32-2, 15-1 SEC) eliminated Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 ACC) on Sunday in the Round of 32 with a 97-68 home win in Columbia, S.C.  Alaina Coates and Tiffany Mitchell had 14 points to lead the Gamecocks, who had six different scorers in double figures.

For the second straight season, the Orange got knocked out of the tournament just a game short of reaching its first Sweet Sixteen in program history.

For the third season in four years, the Gamecocks have advanced past the opening weekend.

Four months ago, Syracuse only lost to South Carolina by four in a back-and-forth game filled with drama from start to finish.  When Syracuse got placed in the Greensboro region, the players eagerly looked forward to the opportunity for revenge.  But the Gamecocks didn't have any trouble in the rematch and the only question for most of the game was how much they would win by.

The only time Syracuse led was when Alexis Peterson started the game with a 3-pointer. Then South Carolina responded with an 11-2 run and built its halftime lead to 28.

Quentin Hillsman tried to stop SC's strong front line by collapsing the zone, but it created space on the perimeter for shooters. The Gamecocks went 8-19 (42 percent) from behind-the-arc and throttled Syracuse with one wave of offense after the other.

Syracuse didn't have a healthy Brittney Sykes or Diamond Henderson so the Orange didn't have an answer to the high-scoring style of play.

The Orange allowed more points (97) than it did at any point all year.  Even worse, it broke a South Carolina record for most points scored in an NCAA Tournament game.

More analysis to come later on the loss.

Right now is probably a good time to remember that the Syracuse men's lacrosse team is No. 1.