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NEW YORK, NY(SMI-WOMEN-SPORTS-UNIVERSITY-MARCH 24-26, 2023)-The Columbia women's basketball team had 5-players scoring in double figure as the Lions defeated Syracuse 88-82, in the 2023 WNIT -Super 16 at Levien Gym, Columbia University.

With the win, Columbia advances to the WNIT Great-8, for the second consecutive year to face Harvard for a rematch after a tough semifinal loss to the Crimson in the Ivy League Women's basketball championship tournament last March 10, at Princeton University.

Both teams battled from the start and traded baskets for the first few minutes in the first period.

With the game tied 6-6, Syracuse went on a 9-0, run to take a commanding lead
of 17-8, with 01:57' left in the first frame. Daisha Fair and Asia Strong led the attack with couple jumpers from inside the paint and Strong netting a triple
out the arc in the run.

Columbia immediately answered back with a 12-4, run and narrow the margin 21-20, at the end of the first period. Abbey Hsu netted 3-straight triples and Carly Rivera added one from outside the arc combining 12-points in the attack. 

In the second period with Columbia leading 38-37, and two minutes left in the second frame, Syracuse's added another 8-3, run with guard Georgia Woolley    scoring 8-straight points with couple layups and a triple to closed-out the half 45-41, in favor of Syracuse.

The Lions started the 3rd period with two scoring spree of 14-3, and 14-9, run to overcome the score and take 69-57, commanding lead with 02:36 left in the frame.Kaitlyn Davis and Hannah Pratt combined for the total points with Davis netting couple layups and a jumper and Pratt added a triple and a jumper in the attack.While Jaida Patrick and Abbey Hsu scored back to back triples in the second attack to increase the lead of Columbia by 12, at the 02:36 mark of the third frame.

Syracuse answered back with 8-0, run on their own and cut the deficit by four of 69-65, in favor of Columbia at the end of the third period.

With the Lions leading 77-76, and 04:26 remaining in the game, Columbia went on  11-6, run to sealed the victory with  Kaitlyn Davis (7 points), Abbey Hsu and Kitty Henderson combining for 11-points to secured the win for Columbia of 88-82, over Syracuse.

The Lions were led by Abbey Hsu leading the attack with 21-points and 5-triples.
Kaitlyn Davis added 17-points and six rebounds while Hannah Pratt added 16 points with 3-triples and 7-rebounds. Kitty Henderson and Jaida Patrick contributed with 13-points apiece in the victory.

The Lions advances to the WNIT Great-8 to face Harvard on Sunday March 26, 16:00 ET at Columbia University.

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