NBL1 North OJ Pippin Homes Northside Wizards welcome 5’6 Australian Opals point guard: Tiana Mangakahia.
Tiana is coming off a program-changing career at Syracuse University where she became the 6th player in ‘Cuse history to receive All America status.
The Brisbane, Australia native earned WBCA Division 1 Coaches All America Honorable Mention and Associated Press (AP) Honorable mention recognition after a record-setting junior season where she became the fastest player in program history to score 1000 points and the all-time leader in career assists. After a stellar 5th year season which Tiana led ‘Cuse to a second round NCAA berth whilst leading the nation in assists per game, she was picked up by the WNBA- Phoenix Mercury.
Head Coach Beck Stephens on the signing: ‘I am thrilled to have her… she is one of the best players I have ever coached, and she fits perfectly with our style of play. I love her competitiveness and constant tenaciousness on both ends of the floor. With her ability to create, mixed with our ability to spread the floor with shooters- it makes for an exciting brand of basketball.’
President: Brett Anderson said of Tiana’s signing: ‘Northside Wizards is super excited to have Tiana join us. Competing in the inaugural NBL1 North season is a major step forward for us, and we could not be happier having a player with Tiana’s qualities and talent to lead our women’s program. Everyone at the Association is looking forward to what promises to be an exciting season of basketball of the highest standard.’
Now that Tiana’s stint overseas is complete, we are thrilled to welcome her home and into our association for the NBL1 North season.