The Orange will battle DII Lincoln for their 2020-21 home opener
Teams: No. 22 Syracuse Orange (1-0) vs. Lincoln Lions (0-1)
Day & Time: Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Lincoln Blog: N/A
Current Streak: 0-0
Teams Last Meeting: This will be the first meeting of the two teams in program history.
Orange Storylines: Tiana Mangakahia and Kiara Lewis were named to the Preseason Top 30 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award, the most prestigious honor in college basketball. Syracuse moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 Poll this week to No. 22. The Orange were also ranked No. 14 in The Athletic’s college basketball rankings and No. 21 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll.
Syracuse’s Last Game: The Orange defeated Stony Brook on the road Sunday afternoon, 50-39. Playing in her game in 615 days, Mangakahia led all players with 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Freshman Kamilla Cardoso also showed out in the season opener, contributing 14 points and seven rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.
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Head Coaches: Syracuse – Quentin Hillsman (15th year, 305-160) | Lincoln – Darrell Mosley (fifth year, 81-64)
Opponent Coach Bio: Mosley played basketball at Lincoln and Delaware State University. He started his career at Delaware State, helping guide the team to a conference title and the NIT. After one season, Mosley transferred to Lincoln and was the starting point guard and team captain. Prior to Mosley being named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lincoln, he served as an assistant coach on Lincoln’s Men’s Basketball staff for five seasons.
Opponent Last Year: Last season, the Lions set a program-best 23-6 record. They fell in the first round of the CIAA Basketball Tournament. Mosley was named the CIAA Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the WHoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year.
Opponent’s Last Game: Lincoln University opened the season with a 53-38 loss Wednesday to DI George Washington. Senior Joy Morton led the team with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Opponent Player’s to Watch: Lincoln lost 80 percent of its scoring from a season ago, but still have senior guard Bryanna Brown. Brown is the top returning scorer for the Lions after averaging 7.4 points per game in 2019-20.
If Syracuse Wins: Since we’re in one of the most competitive conferences, it’s very important to be undefeated when Atlantic Coast Conference play starts.
If Syracuse Loses: Would be worrisome for Coach Q’s squad, however, they could still recover from it.