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Syracuse women’s basketball: A quick look at the 2020-21 ACC schedule

After much anticipation, the ACC women’s basketball schedule is here. The league announced its full schedule of women’s basketball games during the ACC Network’s Packer and Durham Show on Wednesday morning. The No. 23 Syracuse Orange begin their ACC slate with three-straight road games before hosting their first league game just before the turn of the calendar year on New Year’s Eve.

Due to the ACC expanding its season to 20 conference games, the Orange have home-and-home pairings with Boston College, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and play single games against the rest of the league.

Syracuse will be tested early with a Dec. 10, mid-week trip to Miami to begin ACC play. The Orange travel to North Carolina and Boston College on Dec. 17 and 20, respectively, before the ACC home opener against the Tar Heels on Dec. 31.

The first game of 2021 will be Jan. 7 at home against Virginia and three days later, on Jan. 10, the Orange welcome Notre Dame to the Loud House.

Syracuse travels to Georgia Tech on Jan. 14 and Miami makes the return trip from Coral Gables to face Syracuse at The Dome on Jan. 17.  Back-to-back road games at Duke and Clemson on Jan. 21 and 24 will test the ‘Cuse before a home encounter against Pittsburgh on Jan. 28.

The ‘Cuse begins the final month of the regular season on the road at Louisville on Feb. 1. The Orange also travel to Pittsburgh, Florida State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech in February and host Louisville on Valentine’s Day.

Syracuse finishes the regular season with back-to-back home games against Boston College (Feb. 25) and NC State (Feb. 28).

Syracuse went 16-15 last season and returns four starters, including All-ACC First Team honoree Kiara Lewis. The Orange also welcomes a top-5 recruiting class onto the roster. In addition, the lineup features the return of 2019 WBCA All-America Honorable Mention selection Tiana Mangakahia who missed the 2019-20 season while battling Stage 2 breast cancer.

Below is SU’s full conference schedule (home games are in bold):

Dec. 10 — at Miami

Dec. 17 — at North Carolina

Dec. 20 — at Boston College

Dec. 31 — North Carolina

Jan. 7 — Virginia

Jan. 10 — N0. 22 Notre Dame

Jan. 14 — at Georgia Tech

Jan. 17 — Miami

Jan. 21 — at Duke

Jan. 24 — at Clemson

Jan. 28 — Pittsburgh

Feb. 1 — at No. 5 Louisville

Feb. 4 — Wake Forest

Feb. 7 — at Pittsburgh

Feb. 11 — at Florida State

Feb. 14 —  No. 5 Louisville 

Feb. 18 — at No. 22 Notre Dame

Feb. 21 — at Virginia Tech

Feb. 25 — Boston College

Feb. 28 — No. 8 NC State

March 3-7 — ACC tournament (Greensboro Coliseum)