Standout SU guard will return for senior season

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SYRACUSE — Syracuse University standout junior basketball guard Tiana Mangakahia announced on Monday that she will return for her final year of eligibility, after considering declaring for the 2019 WNBA draft.

The All-Atlantic Coast Conference guard had been considering declaring for the 2019 WNBA draft, but has opted to remain in school.

In two seasons at Syracuse, the All-Atlantic Coast Conference guard has scored 1,114 points and is the program’s all-time leader in assists with 591. She is a two-time All-ACC first-team selection.

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Mangakahia transferred to Syracuse from Hutchinson Community College in 2017 with three years of eligibility remaining at the time.

Mangakahia recorded the first points-rebounds-assists triple double in school history and holds program records in assists in a game (17), assists in a season (304) and career free throw percentage (.878).

She was the fastest player in program history to score 1,000 points and has twice scored 44 points in a game.

Mangakahia will earn her degree in communication and rhetorical studies from the College of Visual and Performing Arts in May, according to school officials.

Syracuse finished the season 25-9 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mangakahia is one of four starters due back next season.

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