SU women’s basketball picked to finish 6th in ACC

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 05: Head coach Quentin Hillsman of the Syracuse Orange and players react in the first quarter against the Connecticut Huskies during the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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).

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