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Syracuse women’s basketball adds two JUCO transfers

SU brings in experience to retool what will be an inexperienced roster.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball program will look very different when it takes the court in 2017-18, having graduated four of its top five scorers from last year. While the incoming freshman class is the most lauded in school history, the team was still largely short on collegiate player experience.

With two new junior college transfers, however, some of those shortcomings could be glossed over a bit.

The program has announced that guards Raven Fox and Tiana Mangakahia have joined SU and are eligible for this upcoming season.

Fox arrives after two years at Gulf Coast State in Florida. The Maryland (Bladenburg) native has played in 60 games during her career, averaging 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The 5-foot-8 guard has two years of eligibility remaining.

Mangakahia is also a guard, and comes from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, though she’s originally from Meadowbrook, Australia. She’s played internationally for Austarlia’s U19 squad, though didn’t suit up for Hutchinson last year. She has three years left with the Orange now.

The two additions will have big shoes to fill at the guard spots following the departures of Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson, who are both excelling in the WNBA this summer.

Welcome aboard, Raven and Tiana!