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Syracuse women receive No. 8 seed

The Syracuse women's basketball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament for the 6th consecutive season.

The Orange received an 8-seed for the second straight year and will take on No. 9 Oklahoma State in the first round on Saturday.

"To have a young team like this that was supposed to be in a rebuilding year and to get an 8-seed, you take it," head coach Quentin Hillsman said.  "You want a chance to win a national championship and you can't win one if you're not in the tournament."

Syracuse put together a 22-8 season to earn a spot in the big dance, and they aren't taking the opportunity for granted.

"I whispered to Garielle Cooper saying what if we're not in," Tiana Mangakahia.  "She responded by saying just wait, we still have time.  "It felt good when we found out and we were all happy, excited and jumping up and down.  It was a really good feeling."


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