Teams: Syracuse Orange (10-4, 7-4 ACC) at Pittsburgh Panthers (4-6, 2-5 ACC)
Day & Time: Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. EST
Location: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
TV/Streaming: Regional Sports Networks
Opponent Blog: Cardiac Hill
Current Streak: Syracuse: W1 | Pittsburgh: L2
All-Time Series: Syracuse leads 46-19
Teams Last Meeting: The Orange dominated the fourth quarter to declaw Pitt on Jan. 28, 80-57. The Orange outscored the Panthers 27-12 in the final 10 minutes of the contest. Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi led all scorers with a season-high 17 points, 7-8 shooting, off the bench.
- Fan voting is now live for the Basketball Hall of Fame Awards. Vote Tiana Mangakahia for the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year and Kamilla Cardoso for the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year.
- For the third week in a row, a Syracuse freshman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week. Kamilla Cardoso earned her second straight honor after averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks in two Syracuse wins last week. Priscilla Williams earned conference freshman of the week on Jan. 18.
- The Orange received votes in the AP Top 25 Poll (20) and the USA TODAY/WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll (45) this week.
- ‘Cuse stands in fourth place in the conference standings and is projected as a seventh seed in ESPN’s Bracketology by Charlie Creme.
- Freshman Kamilla Cardoso leads the team with 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Kiara Lewis stands just behind Cardoso in scoring, averaging 13.7 points and 1.6 steals per contest. Emily Engstler is making a name for herself as ACC Sixth Player of the Year, averaging a near double-double this season with 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest off the bench. Tiana Mangakahia (11.1 pts) and freshman Priscilla Williams (10.5) are also contributing double-figure scoring for ‘Cuse this season.
- The Orange rank in the top-5 of the ACC in assists per game (1st), blocked shots (1st), blocked shots per game (1st), steals per game (2nd), scoring offense (3rd), 3-PT field goals attempted (3rd), 3-PT field goals made (3rd), 3-PT field goals per game (3rd), turnovers forced (3rd), assists (4th), field goals percentage defense (4th), rebounds (5th), rebounds per game (5th), steals (5th), 3-PT field goal defense (5th), won-lost percentage (5th). The team ranks top-15 nationally in blocked shots per game (4th) and total blocks (9th).
- In the conference, Mangakahia ranks first in assists per game and total assists, Cardoso ranks first in field goal percentage, blocked shots per game, and total blocks and fifth in rebounds, Lewis ranks third in minutes per game and fifth in free throw attempts, Williams ranks fourth in 3-PT field goal percentage, and Engstler ranks fifth in defensive rebounds per game and rebounds per game. Nationally, Mangakahia ranks second in assists per game and fifth in total assists, and Cardoso ranks sixth in blocked shots per game, seventh in blocked shots, and eighth in field goal percentage.
- The NCAA announced Friday that the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be held in San Antonio, Texas. The NCAA also announced the tournament will have a 64-team bracket and the .500 rule will be waived. The committee will announce the bracket at 7 p.m. EST on Selection Monday, March 15, on ESPN.
Syracuse’s Last Game: The Orange defeated Wake Forest on Thursday in the Carrier Dome, 85-78. Syracuse is now 7-0 at home this season. Digna Strautmane led the Orange with a season-high 17 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks.
Three other Syracuse players also scored in double-figures. Kamilla Cardoso recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Kiara Lewis tallied 16 points and six rebounds, while Tiana Mangakahia scored 15 points and dished out five assists. ‘Cuse tallied 12 total blocks, including six from Cardoso.
: Highlights from our 85-78 win over Wake Forest pic.twitter.com/H8O07AJ759— 'Cuse Hoops (@CuseWBB) February 5, 2021
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (15th year, 314-164) | Pittsburgh - Lance White (3rd year, 20-52)
Opponent Coach Bio: White is in his third season as the head coach of Pittsburgh. He previously spent 15 years at Florida State where he led the Seminoles to a 350-145 record, including 12 20+ win seasons. He also spent over a decade at Texas Tech.
Opponent Last Year: Last season, Pitt went 5-26 with a 1-17 ACC record. The Panthers fell in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Georgia Tech, 58-68.
Opponent’s Last Game: The Panthers fell to Virginia Tech, 55-74, at home. Dayshanette Harris led the team with 18 points and six rebounds.
Opponent Players to Watch: Harris averaged 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. Jayla Everett leads the Panthers with 14.3 points per game.
If Syracuse Wins: Sweep the season series with Pitt and another game in the win column.
If Syracuse Loses: Yikes.
Next Game: The Orange will travel to Florida State on Thursday, Feb. 11 for an 8 p.m. EST matchup on ACC Network.