SU Junior guard Tiana Mangakahia named to the All-ACC First Team

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For the second-straight season Tiana Mangakahia is a First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection while Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi has been named to the All-Freshman Team.

All-conference teams are selected by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel and the conference’s 15 head coaches.

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Mangakahia leads the nation in assists (234) and ranks sixth all-time in program history with 547 career assists. She enters the ACC Tournament pacing the Orange with 16.6 points per game and 8.4 assists per game.

Mangakahia, a six-time ACC player of the Week during her career, paced the ACC in assists, assists per game and free throw percentage. During ACC play, she averaged 17.6 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game. The Australia native recorded her first career triple-double against North Carolina with 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in January and matched her career-high 44 points at #22 Florida State last week. On Sunday, she became the program’s 28th player to score 1,000 career points and was the fastest to do so in just 60 games.

Mangakahia’s selection to the All-ACC First Team marks the fourth-consecutive season a member of head coach Quentin Hillsman’s team has been selected by both the ACC Coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel.

Djaldi-Tabdi, a two-time ACC Rookie of the Week, earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC Head Coaches. After redshirting the 2017-18 season, the Paris, France native quickly became the Orange’s true sixth-man. Off the bench this season Djaldi-Tabdi has shot 54.4% from the field and is averaging 9.5 points per game and five rebounds per game.

It is the third-straight year a Syracuse freshman has been named All-Freshman Team as Djaldi-Tabdi follows in the footsteps of current Orange Digna Strautmane (2018), Amaya Finklea-Guity (2018) and Gabrielle Cooper (2017).

The Orange head to the ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face the winner of Wednesday’s No. 12/13 matchup between Virginia and Boston College on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. on RSN

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