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Syracuse women’s basketball: Kamilla Cardoso earns ACC Freshman honors for second straight week

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The freshman averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 blocks per game last week

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

For the third consecutive week, a Syracuse Orange women’s basketball player has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week. Kamilla Cardoso was honored for a second-straight time after averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks in two Syracuse wins. In total, she sunk 70.6 percent of her shots from the field last week.

In the Orange’s first game of the week, Cardoso recorded 11 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks in the team’s win over Pitt.

On Sunday, the freshman contributed a near-triple double with 18 points, a career-high nine blocks, and seven rebounds in Syracuse’s win over Notre Dame. Nine blocks are the most in program history since Kayla Alexander had nine in 2010 and tied for the most by an ACC player in a game this season.

‘Cuse outscored Notre Dame 23-4 in the final quarter to win 81-69. During the fourth, the Orange went on a 9-0 run to give them their first lead since the first quarter. In the run, Cardoso tallied four points, two steals, and a block. She also surpassed the 100 career rebounds mark in the win.

The freshman leads the ACC in multiple categories, including field goal percentage (.612), blocked shots (40), and blocks per game (3.33).

Priscilla Williams was named the ACC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 18.

In other Syracuse news, Tiana Mangakahia was named one of the Top 10 candidates for the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Fan voting will go live Friday, February 5 at 1 p.m. EST on HoophallAwards.com.

The Orange (9-3, 6-3 ACC) will travel to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. EST on ACCNX.