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Syracuse women’s basketball’s Tiana Mangakahia earns All-ACC honors

No surprise for the stellar point guard and leader of the Orange.

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NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

With the ACC women’s basketball regular season complete, the league handed out postseason awards on Tuesday. Among those were the All-ACC team — a list that included the Syracuse Orange’s Tiana Mangakahia.

In her second season on campus, led Syracuse in scoring with 16.6 points per game, to go with 4.9 rebounds and 8.4 assists. She tied a career-high with (and on-#BRAND) 44 points against Florida State this past week. Mangakahia also tallied her first career triple double this year as well.

The honor was Mangakahia’s second straight All-ACC appearance. Forward Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was also named to this year’s ACC All-Freshman team.

More on that, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:

2018-19 All-ACC women’s basketball teams announced (TheACC)

Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, represent the top-seeded Fighting Irish on both the Blue Ribbon Panel and Coaches All-ACC first teams. Marina Mabrey and Jackie Young represent Notre Dame on the Blue Ribbon Panel second team, while Young and Brianna Turner earned spots on the coaches second team.

Welcome to Lock purgatory. Now please take a seat. (The Athletic)

They can take solace in that, and in the fact that a loss to Virginia doesn’t damage their very good chances of participating in the 2019 NCAA Tournament when all is said and done. The only way we see Syracuse missing out is if it combines a loss at Clemson on Saturday with an ugly goose egg in the ACC tournament. Even that might not be enough to keep the Orange out, but Selection Sunday would, at the very least, be a slightly more anxious affair.

Ranking the ACC College Football Coaching Jobs (Athlon Sports)

11. Syracuse: A national power in the 1950s and ’60s and a consistent top-20 program in the ’80s and ’90s, Syracuse has tumbled down the college football food chain since the turn of the century. It obviously can be done — Dino Babers won 10 games last season — but the Orange have too many built-in disadvantages when compared to many other programs in the league.

Five Questions About the Abandoned Carmelo-Lakers Union (The Ringer)

Is it too late now to sign Anthony? Technically, it’s not. The roster spot the Lakers cleared at the deadline remains open … and not utilizing that spot would be yet another flustering humiliation for Pelinka and Magic. (Signings: Not really the Lakers’ strong spot this season! Or last summer! With one notable exception!)

Recruits’ reactions from Syracuse junior day (CuseNation)

Syracuse football hosted 15 premier prospects on Saturday for their second Junior Day of the 2020 cycle. Many of them were active on social media giving their immediate reactions to the visits. They were, in a word, positive.

College football bowl game changes to begin in 2020 (Stadium)

‘A Champions Mind’ helps Syracuse on the court (Daily Orange)

Megan Carney, Meaghan Tyrrell are bolstering Syracuse offense as freshmen (Daily Orange)

Jim Delany’s 2020 retirement could open door to College Football Playoff expansion (USA Today)

Zion Williamson in final phase of recovery. His return to Duke is close (The State)