Tiana Mangakahia is one of the top point guards in the nation and is on the 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List. She is one of 20 named by the Basketball Hal of Fame and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The award recognizes the top point guard in women’s college basketball at the NCAA Division I level. She led the nation in assists and assists per game last year.
The Brisbane, Australia, native tallied 304 assists as a sophomore in 2017-18 setting a program and Atlantic Coast Conference record for assists in a season. She had a single-game program-best 17 assists against Vanderbilt on Nov. 24, 2017.
She dished out 9.8 helpers per game and led the Orange in scoring (17.5 ppg) and steals (176). She scored 44 points against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, the second-most points scored in Carrier Dome history by a Syracuse athlete – male or female. All of this on a team that posted a 22-9 record and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Past Nancy Lieberman Award recipients include Sue Bird (Connecticut, 2000-02), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut 2003-04), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame, 2012-13) and Kelsey Plum (2017). Last season, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu won the award and was named to the Naismith Starting 5.
To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Class of 1996 Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has had three Nancy Lieberman Award winners, Ivory Latta (North Carolina, 2006), Lindsey Harding (Duke, 2007) and most recently Diggins in 2013. There are three other ACC point guards on this year’s watch list; Duke’s Kyra Lambert, North Carolina’s Paris Kea and Notre Dame’s Marina Mabrey.
Mangakahia and the Orange will face eight teams with a point guard on the Nancy Lieberman Watch list this season, highlighted by an early-season meeting with Oregon and 2018 honoree Ionescu in Eugene on Nov. 10.
Nancy Lieberman Award 2019 Candidates
Laia Raventos – Charlotte
Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
Kelly Campbell – DePaul
Kyra Lambert – Duke
Taja Cole – Georgia
Kayla Goth – Kansas St.
Channise Lewis – Maryland
Kenisha Bell – Minnesota
Paris Kea – North Carolina
Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
Chastadie Barrs – Lamar
Carmen Grande – Ohio St.
Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
Destiny Slocum – Oregon St.
Jessica Kovatch – Saint Francis
Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
Tiana Mangakahia – Syracuse
Evina Westbrook – Tennessee
Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2018-19 season*
Players in BOLD will play Syracuse this season
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