SU women to start season Dec. 2 vs. Lincoln

Syracuse Orange guard Tiana Mangakahia (4) passes the ball up-court against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half on Feb. 25, 2019 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports

The 23rd-ranked Syracuse University women’s basketball team will open the season by hosting Division II Lincoln in a nonconference game at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Carrier Dome, the university confirmed Tuesday.

The Lions of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association finished 23-6 last season to establish a program wins record. Syracuse is one of four Division I teams on the Lincoln schedule, joining St. Joseph’s, George Washington, and Delaware State.

Syracuse, which is not yet able to permit fans at home games due to state COVID-19 restrictions, will open its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule Dec. 10 at Miami, Fla.

The Orange will return four of five starters from a team that finished 16-15 last year along with the addition of the nation’s fourth-ranked recruiting class. Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman will also welcome back SU’s all-time assists leader, Tiana Mangakahia, from a missed 2019-20 season to recover from stage 2 breast cancer.

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