Phoenix Mercury Waive Tiana Mangakahia
Former Syracuse star Tiana Mangakahia has been canceled by Phoenix Mercury from the WNBA, the team announced on Wednesday. Mangakahia signed a free agent contract with the Mercury after not being selected in the 2021 WNBA draft. She scored seven runs on 2-4 shooting (3-3 from the free throw line), a had one rebound, one assist, one steal and five turnovers in 15 minutes in the Mercury’s lone preseason game.
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“Wow !!!” Mangakahia wrote on Instagram. “What an experience. One of the best basketball experiences of my life. Thank you Phoenix Mercury for such a great time. I couldn’t have asked for better vets to learn. Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins thank you for taking me under your wings and help me throughout the camp. Always grateful for this opportunity. The marathon continues. ”
Mangakahia led college basketball in assists (7.2) in his final season at Syracuse, his first after returning from second-stage breast cancer. She is the CCA’s all-time leader in career assists per game.
One of the best college basketball players in the 2018-19 campaign, she faced some of the toughest opponents in her life in the next offseason when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2019. She received a phone call one morning from him. doctor to reveal the diagnosis.
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Between July and October, Mangakahia underwent eight cycles of chemotherapy to fight the disease. During a five-hour surgery in November, doctors removed what was left of the tumor. They did not find cancer cells in what had been removed and she was diagnosed as cancer free.
After missing the entire 2019-20 season while recovering, Mangakahia returned to court a year after being declared cancer free. She led Syracuse to a season opener at Stony Brook and scored 16 points in the win.
Mangakahia is a two-time Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award finalist and three-time top 10 finalist. She is a two-time WBCA All America Honorable Mention. She ended her career in Syracuse averaging 15.8 points and 8.7 assists per game.