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Syracuse women’s basketball scrimmage: No. 22 Orange defeat DII Lincoln, 90-39

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The game was moved to the Melo Center after a roof leak at the Carrier Dome

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The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team beat DII Lincoln 90-39 in a scrimmage Wednesday night at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. The game was originally scheduled to be an official contest at the Carrier Dome, but a roof leak caused the game to be moved and switched to a ‘scrimmage’.

The starting five for the No. 22 Orange were Tiana Mangakahia, Kiara Lewis, Priscilla Williams (first career start), Digna Strautmane, and Kamilla Cardoso (first career start).

The freshman class were all over the stat sheet Wednesday night. Cardoso and Williams combined for 49 of Syracuse’s 90 points with 25 and 24, respectively. Cardoso also added nine rebounds and seven steals. Faith Blackstone joined Cardoso and Williams in double-digit scoring with 11 points, along with five steals. Kiara Fisher also contributed five rebounds, three steals, and three assists for the Orange.

In her first game in Syracuse since March 2019, Tiana Mangakahia tallied eight points, eight assists, and two steals.

Digna Strautmane recorded a game-high 13 rebounds. The Latvia native also contributed six points in the scrimmage.

Rounding out the stat sheet is Amaya Finklea-Guity with six points, six rebounds, and three blocks, while Kiara Lewis contributed four points and three steals. Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi also added six rebounds and three blocks.

As a team, the Orange shot 42.9% from the field and 35.9 from behind the arc. Syracuse forced 29 Lions turnovers, while committing 18 itself. ‘Cuse blocked 14 shots and stole the ball 17 times.

The Orange will officially play their 2020-21 season opener on Sunday against Penn State at 2 p,m. ET. It will be the 20th meeting between the two teams in program history. Penn State leads the overall series 16-3, but ‘Cuse has won two of the last three match-ups.