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Syracuse 73 - Army 56: Orange Dominate Black Knights in NCAA Tournament Opener

Alexis Peterson scores 24 and SU has no problem taking care of Army and moving on to the second round.

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And it wasn't even that close.

Thanks to a throughly-dominating 23-4 first quarter, the Syracuse Orange women's basketball squad had an easy rest of the day taking care of business in the Carrier Dome, eventually trouncing the Army Black Knights73-56.

The Orange cooled their jets in the second quarter but still took a commanding 39-14 lead into halftime. Given the way Army was used to dominating opponents, it must have been a serious case of shell shock. Army fought back in the second half and made the final score seem respectable-ish, but this one was over before they even re-emerged from the locker rooms.

Alexis Peterson proved why she's the best player on the floor with a 24-point performance, including a 13-for-13 free-throw mark. Brittney Sykes added 13 points while Cornelia Fondren came off the bench to contribute 10 points of her own.

The Orange kept Army's scoring threat Kelsey Minato in check, limiting her to just ten points, well short of her 22.3 PPG average.

Syracuse now moved on to the second round on Sunday where they'll be playing an opponent they probably didn't expect. In the first game of the day, the Albany Great Danes shocked the 5-seed Florida Gators61-59. That sets up an Upstate New York showdown for the right to move on to the Sweet Sixteen. Win there and it's another first for SU.