STORRS, Conn. — Twenty-five seconds.

Arizona’s season came down to a game-altering 25 seconds.

That’s all the time it took for All-American Dyaisha Fair to reel off five points — a 3-pointer and a mid-range jumper — to allow No. 6 seed Syracuse to pull away from Arizona, 74-69, in the first round of the NCAA’s Women’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday.The Orange managed to stay close enough to capitalize when the opportunity presented itself, even though UA led for much of the game, including a 37-32 advantage at the half.

It was only the second time the Orange led the game when Fair made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 70 seconds remaining to give Syracuse a two-point lead at 68-66. Skylar Jones was open when the Wildcats marched down the court, made a move toward the basket, scored, and was fouled. If Jones had made the free throw, this would have knotted the score once more at 68–68 or given the Wildcats a little advantage. However, the officials dismissed it, stating that it was a charge.

ACCESS THE MADNESS: brackets, standings, schedules, and teams for the NCAA tournamentFair, who finished with 32 points, then scored on a mid-range jumper on the next offensive possession to make it 70-66 with 45 seconds left, and that was pretty much the game. The Wildcats extended the game with fouls but couldn’t claw closer than three the rest of the way.

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