Guard Tiana Mangakahia dazzled yet again, scoring a team-high 27 points and handing out eight assists to lead the No. 17 Syracuse women’s basketball team to a 76-59 win over Boston College in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon.
The Orange conclude the regular season with a 22-7 overall record, including an 11-5 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. With the victory, Syracuse locked itself in as the No. 5 seed for next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
One game after matching her career high of 44 points in Syracuse’s thrilling 94-88 win over No. 22/21 Florida State, Mangakahia was still hot Sunday. She entered the game needing only four points to reach the 1,000-point milestone, and she wasted no time getting there.
Her three-pointer before the buzzer to end the first quarter made her the fastest player (60 games) in program history to reach the threshold. She’s the fourth in program history to record 1,000 points and 500 assists.
Mangakahia knocked down two more three-pointers and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the game, as she scored double-digit points for the sixth contest in a row. The Orange’s point guard spread the ball around, as well, recording at least five assists for the 27th time this season.
She didn’t do it all by herself, though, as the Orange received contributions from the other starters. Forward Digna Strautmane scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, connecting on four three-pointers in the game, while forward Miranda Drummond chipped in 10 points.
Forward Amaya Finklea-Guity was perfect from the floor, scoring eight points in 15 minutes of action. Guard Gabrielle Cooper pulled down a team-high rebounds.
Ultimately, Mangakahia was the difference maker.
The Orange’s point guard dropped 11 points in the third quarter, extending Syracuse’s 30-29 halftime lead to an eight-point advantage entering the fourth quarter. From there, the Orange were in the driver’s seat and never looked back.
Mangakahia scored nine more in the fourth to help Syracuse finish off Boston College, winning by 17.
With the regular season complete, the Orange now look toward the postseason. As the No. 5 seed, Syracuse is guaranteed a single-bye in the conference tournament and will play the conference’s No. 12 or No. 13 seed in the second round at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7.