GREENSBORO, N.C. (WSYR-TV) – The Syracuse University women’s basketball team is projected to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Orange finished fifth in 2018-19 with an 11-5 ACC record and reached the ACC Tournament semifinals for the second time in four years, losing to eventual tournament champion Notre Dame.
Louisville is the 2019-20 preseason favorite. It marks the first time the Cardinals are the favorite since joining the ACC prior to the 2013-14 season.
NC State and Florida State were picked second and third, respectively. Miami and Notre Dame round out the projected top-5 according to the head coaches with Miami finishing fourth and the Irish fifth.
Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier was named the Preseason Player of the Year.
Despite not having a single player named to the Preseason All-ACC Team or Newcomer Watch List for the first time since ‘Cuse joined the league, the depth and experience of Syracuse’s roster will be a threat to the ACC.
The Orange return three starters from last season’s squad and added six newcomers, including a trio of graduate transfers. Syracuse will be without Associated Press (AP) Honorable Mention All-American Tiana Mangakahia as she battles Stage 2 Breast Cancer but will rely on redshirt junior Kiara Lewis at the point guard position.
Basketball season tips off Nov. 5 when Syracuse hosts Ohio at 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. New for this year, the ACC will play an 18-game conference slate, which includes a pair of matchups in early December to open the league schedule. All 18 of Syracuse’s ACC regular-season conference games will be available through the ESPN family of networks, including the new ACC Network and ACC Network Extra (ACCNX), or the conference’s Regional Sports Networks (RSN).