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Syracuse women’s basketball picked third in ACC preseason poll

(and more updates from a busy day of ACC WBB news)

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

The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball opener is just two weeks away, and the ACC’s gotten going on making preseason predictions around league standings, top players and more for 2018-19.

First up, projected standings:

Syracuse finished third in voting among both the 15 ACC head coaches, and the Blue Ribbon Panel’s 62 members. The full voting breakdown is below, but there did appear to be some good distance between the Orange and the No. 4 spot (conversely, there was also an even greater distance between SU and second place.

Notre Dame finished first in both polls, receiving all 15 first-place votes among coaches, and all but three from the Blue Ribbon Panel. Those last few went to Louisville, who finished second in both rankings. After SU, NC State, Miami and Duke rounded out the top six finishers in both polls as well. Our “favorite” conferencemates, Boston College, Pitt and Clemson round out both lists.


Elsewhere, Orange guard Tiana Mangakahia managed to break through a Fighting Irish-laden All-ACC team — a fitting honor for her after making the team last season while breaking the single-season conference mark for assists and scoring over 17 points per game.

Also included this year was the newcomer watch list, consisting of the five players coaches and the separate panel are looking out for this season. McDonald’s All-American Emily Engstler makes that list for Syracuse, too. The dynamic wing from New York averaged 18.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a senior in high school.

More to come in the lead-up to the season. Congrats to the entire team — especially Mangakahia and Engstler — for the preseason honors.