Mangakahia sets ACC record, Syracuse women top Boston College on senior day

SU next prepares for the ACC tournament

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) - The Syracuse University women's basketball team defeated Boston College, 69-63, on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Abby Grant, Jasmine Nwajei and Marisa Romeo were recognized in a Senior Day ceremony prior to tip-off. The Orange finish the regular season with a 22-7 record and 10-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Eagles drop to 7-22 and 2-14 in conference action.


The Orange came out hot on Senior Day with a trey from Miranda Drummond right off the jump ball. The Eagles were scoreless through the first three minutes until a basket by Georgia Pineau at 6:46 ended Syracuse’s 5-0 run. A pair of threes from Grant and sophomore Tiana Mangakahia gave the Orange a 11-4 lead at the first media timeout. Seven forced turnovers helped the Orange extend their lead to 19-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Gabrielle Cooper and Boston College’s Milan Bolden-Morris exchanged threes with a little under eight minutes to go in the half to keep the offensive competition tight. A three by Nwajei at 4:47 extended the Orange lead to nine. The Eagles turned up the intensity as the half drew to a close, embarking on a 10-0 run, which gave them their first lead of the game. The Orange reclaimed their lead with a trey from Mangakahia to end the half, 32-30.

A 7-0 run by the Orange, including jumpers from freshmen Amaya Finklea-Guity and Digna Strautmane, extended Syracuse’s lead to nine points. The Orange defense locked in during the third quarter, keeping Boston College scoreless until the 5:03 mark when a pair of free throws ended the Eagles scoring drought. Three consecutive 3-pointers by Taylor Ortlepp pulled Boston College back into the game, tying the score at 45 to end the third.

Mangakahia poured in a layup to kickstart the Orange offense in the final frame. Another Ortlepp trey put the Eagles back on top at the seven-minute mark, however, Syracuse took the lead back with a three from Cooper. A huge offensive rebound by Drummond led to another Cooper three giving Syracuse a four-point lead with two minutes to play. Six consecutive free throws by Mangakahia closed out the game for the Orange.


With her first assist of the game, Mangakahia broke the ACC single-season assists record, previously held by Lindsay Allen (282) from Notre Dame. The sophomore finished the game with six assists, bringing her season total to 288.

Mangakahia posted 22 points against Boston College marking her 10th game of the season with 20-plus points.

As a team, Syracuse knocked down 10 3-pointers from beyond the arc. This was the 15th time that the Orange have poured in at least 10 threes in a game this year.

Drummond tallied 10 rebounds in the win over Boston College for her third double-digit rebounding game of the season.


“Obviously we are very happy with the outcome but we have to give Boston College a lot of credit,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman. “They came in and played really tough. They are a very aggressive team, their half-court defense is really good and they ran some good sets. We did a good job of gritting it out and playing tough.”


Syracuse waits the announcement of their seed in the ACC Tournament later this evening. The tournament will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., and begins Wednesday, Feb. 28, on RSN. The semifinal games will be Saturday, March 3, on ESPNU and the championship game tips at 2 pm Sunday, March 4, on ESPN2.

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