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No. 18 Syracuse women’s basketball at Boston College: TV/streaming, time, history & more

Tip off is set for 2 p.m. EST on Sunday

NCAA Womens Basketball: Penn St. at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Teams: No. 18 Syracuse Orange (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at Boston College (4-2, 0-2 ACC)

Day & Time: Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m. EST

Location: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, N.C.

TV/Streaming: ACC Network with Sam Ravech and Kelly Gramlich on the call


Opponent Blog: BC Interruption

Rivalry: Syracuse leads 32-24

Current Streak: Syracuse is 12-1 in the last 13 match-ups

Teams Last Meeting: The Eagles defeated the Orange in the Carrier Dome, 88-81 on March 1, 2020.

Orange Storylines This Week:

  • On December 2nd, 2020, the Syracuse Athletics staff were able to adjust and achieve a live basketball game despite a location change in under 60 minutes. This is their story.
  • Syracuse improved to No. 18 (+2) in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 16 (+2) in the USA TODAY/WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
  • The NCAA announced the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be held in one geographic area and is in preliminary talks with the city of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Syracuse added Morgan State to their 2020-21 slate. The Orange will host the Bears on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Syracuse averages an 11.8 margin of victory this season. Kamilla Cardoso leads the team with 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest. Tiana Mangakahia (11) and Kiara Lewis (11) are also contributing double-digit scoring for ‘Cuse this season.
  • The Orange rank in the top-5 of the ACC in offensive rebounds (1st), blocked shots (1st), steals (1st), rebounding offense (2nd), opponent field goal % (2nd), turnover margin (2nd), 3-pt field goals made (3rd), defensive rebounds (3rd), and opponent 3-pt % (5th).
  • Individually in the conference, Mangakahia ranks second in assists and fourth in steals, Cardoso ranks third in blocked shots, and Lewis ranks third in steals.

Syracuse’s Last Game: The Orange suffered their first loss of the season at North Carolina Thursday night, 92-68. Emily Engstler (18 pts & 10 rebounds) and Kamilla Cardoso (11 & 13) tallied their first double-doubles of the season in the defeat.

Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (15th year, 308-161) | Boston College - Joanna Bernabei-McNamee (3rd year, 38-30)

Opponent Coach Bio: Last season, Bernabei-McNamee was named the ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a program-best 20-12 overall record. Bernabei-McNamee came to BC after two seasons at Albany. She led Albany to a 45-20 record over two seasons and an American East Tournament Championship. Bernabei-McNamee also had coaching stints at Pikeville, Maryland, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, and West Virginia Wesleyan. She played college ball at West Liberty State and was a Division II All-American and a four-time, first-team All-WVIAC selection.

Opponent Last Year: Last season, Boston College tallied a program-best 20-12 record with an 11-7 mark in ACC play. The Eagles fell in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to North Carolina State.

Opponent’s Last Game: The Eagles fell to NC State last Sunday, 75-69. Junior Makayla Dickens led BC with 20 points.

Opponent Player to Watch: Junior Taylor Soule is averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Eagles this season. Soule was named the ACC’s Most Improved Player and All-ACC Honorable Mention last season.

If Syracuse Wins: A redemption win to help move on from the UNC loss.

If Syracuse Loses: No need to sound the alarms yet as the Orange can use their winter break to make adjustments.