Teams: Syracuse Orange (12-7, 9-7 ACC) vs.Boston College Eagles (7-11, 3-11 ACC)
Day & Time: Thursday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
TV/Streaming: Regional Sports Network
Opponent Blog: BC Interruption
Current Streak: Syracuse: L1 | Boston College: W1
All-Time Series: Syracuse leads 34-24
Syracuse in the ACC Tournament: 7-7
BC in the ACC Tournament: 9-15
Teams Last Meeting: The Orange defeated Boston College on Feb. 25, 92-75. Five of the Orange’s seven scorers tallied double-figures. Tiana Mangakahia led the team with 19 points. Freshman Priscilla Williams contributed her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Emily Engstler (18 pts), Kiara Lewis (14), and Digna Strautmane (10) also added double-digit scoring for ‘Cuse.
- Syracuse swept Boston College (Dec. 20, Feb. 25) during the regular season.
- Four Orange players were honored with Atlantic Coast Conference season awards on Tuesday morning. Kamilla Cardoso racked up multiple accolades, including Freshman of the Year, Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive Team, All-Freshman Team, First Team All-ACC by the Blue Ribbon Panel, and Second Team All-ACC by the conference’s head coaches. Emily Engstler earned Co-Sixth Player of the Year, while Tiana Mangakahia and Kiara Lewis were named to the All-ACC Team Honorable Mention.
- Cardoso, Engstler, and Lewis were named to the All-ACC Academic Team on Wednesday. Requirements for the conference academic team are a 3.0 GPA during the previous semester and a 3.0 overall GPA during the player’s academic career.
- Mangakahia has been named a top-5 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Top Point Guard Award. Fan voting will go live on Friday, March 5. Cardoso is on the watch list for the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year.
- ‘Cuse is projected as an eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament from ESPN’s Bracketology by Charlie Creme.
- Lewis leads the Orange in scoring with 14.5 points per contest. Three-time ACC Freshman of the Week Cardoso is averaging 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Mangakahia is contributing 11.6 points and 7.5 assists per contest, while Engstler is adding 9.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game off the bench.
- The Orange rank in the top-5 of the ACC in blocked shots (1st), blocked shots per game (1st), steals per game (2nd), 3-PT field goals per game (2nd), assists per game (3rd), steals (3rd), turnovers forced (3rd), free throw attempts (4th), 3-PT field goals made (4th), assists (5th), field goal % defense (5th), free throws made (5th), scoring offense (5th), 3-PT field goals attempted (5th), and won-lost % (5th). The team ranks top-25 nationally in blocked shots per game (2nd) and total blocks (7th).
- In the conference, Mangakahia ranks in total assists (1st) and assists per game (1st), Cardoso ranks in total blocks (1st), blocked shots per game (1st), field goal % (2nd), and rebounds (5th), Lewis ranks in free throw attempts (2nd) and minutes played per game (3rd), and Engstler ranks in steals per game (3rd) and blocked shots per game (4th). Nationally, Mangakahia ranks in assists per game (1st) and total assists (5th), while Cardoso ranks in field goal % (7th), total blocks (15th), and blocked shots per game (15th).
- The NCAA announced that the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be held in San Antonio, Texas. The tournament will have a 64-team bracket and the .500 rule will be waived. A limited number of fans will be allowed with a capacity of up to 17% from the Sweet Sixteen through the Final Four. More information about ticket sales will be available after March 1. The committee will announce the bracket at 7 p.m. EST on Selection Monday, March 15 on ESPN.
ACC Tournament we’re coming for ya ✈️ pic.twitter.com/LqlQY2PBmO— 'Cuse Hoops (@CuseWBB) March 3, 2021
Syracuse’s Last Game: The Orange finished the regular season on Sunday with a loss to No. 2 North Carolina State. Syracuse held the lead at the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but was unable to complete the upset. There were 19 total lead changes and eight ties in the contest. ‘Cuse finished the regular season with an impressive 8-1 mark at home.
Kiara Lewis led all scorers with a season-high 29 points off 52.2% shooting in 40 minutes. Tiana Mangakahia also contributed double-figure scoring with 10 points.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (15th year, 316-166) | Boston College - Joanna Bernabei-McNamee (3rd year, 41-38)
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. 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 NC State.
Opponent’s Last Game: The Eagles defeated Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC Tourney on Wednesday, 67-56. Cameron Swartz led BC with 33 points and six rebounds.
Opponent Players to Watch: Junior Taylor Soule is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Eagles this season. Soule was named to the All-ACC First Team by the Head Coaches Awards and All-ACC Second Team by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Tuesday.
If Syracuse Wins: Advance to the next round of the conference tourney and earn a redemption match with FSU.
If Syracuse Loses: A disappointing way to start the postseason and would drop Syracuse down in NCAA Tourney seeding.
Next Game: The winner of Thursday’s game will advance and play No. 4-seed Florida State on Friday at 2:30 p.m. on RSN. The Orange lost to Florida State on Feb. 11, 52-67. Three Orange players reached double-figure scoring in the loss, including Cardoso (14 pts), Mangakahia (13), and Lewis (12).