SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kiara Lewis had 17 of her 26 points in the second half, backcourt partner Tiana Mangakahia had another solid game in her return from missing a year with cancer and No. 22 Syracuse turned back Penn State 82-72 on Sunday.
Mangakahia, who missed all of last season after undergoing chemotherapy and then a double mastectomy in November, finished with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. However, she also had nine turnovers.
The Orange (3-0) trailed by 14 midway through the second quarter but closed the half with a 15-0 run, taking a 33-32 lead on a Lewis basket. Syracuse went 2 of 17 on 3-pointers and shot just 29% but the Nittany Lions missed their last eight shots with seven turnovers and shot only 31%.
Penn State (3-1) was ahead 46-39 when Tova Sabel hit a 3-pointer 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter but the Orange regained the lead with eight-straight points. The Lions got a free throw before Syracuse reeled off eight more points, building a cushion the Orange protected to the end.