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UW Women break records, fall to Syracuse in Final Four

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The UW Women's Basketball team falls to Syracuse in their first Final Four berth.(@uw_wbb)

SEATTLE – It was a Cinderella story that came to an abrupt end on Saturday evening when the University of Washington Women’s basketball team lost to Syracuse 80-59 in the NCAA Final Four tournament.

This was the first trip to the Final Four for the women’s team in school history.

Alexis Peterson scored 18 points and Brittney Sykes added 17 to help Syracuse roll past the Huskies.

The Orange (30-7) will face UConn, the three-time defending champions, Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

The Huskies (26-11) was led by Talia Walton, who had 29 points and made a Final Four-record eight 3-pointers. The previous record of six was set by Katie Steding in the 1990 title game and matched in 2013 by Antonita Slaughter.

Kelsey Plum, the nation’s No. 3 scorer, had 17 points.

Syracuse took a 23-12 lead after one quarter, extended the lead to 39-20 midway through the second quarter and never let the Huskies get within single digits again.