Syracuse pointing toward next NCAA step

South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch, center, drives to the basket while defended by Syracuse's Bria Day, right, with Taylor Ford in the background during the first half of a women's college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After losing at Kentucky and South Carolina the past two seasons, Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman knows his program’s next step is to play these NCAA Tournament opening rounds at home.

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Top-seed South Carolina draws on past Syracuse experience

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley reacts during the second half of a women's college basketball game against Savannah State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 81-48. (AP Photo/Travis Bell)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley got the first real confirmation of her team’s toughness against Syracuse four months ago. South Carolina’s coach hopes to see that affirmed in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament second-round game with the Orange.

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