Deacs Pull Away Late to Win at Miami
Jan. 7, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team used a fourth quarter run to pull away and win, 61-50, at Miami on Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables.

With Miami (11-5, 1-2 ACC) leading by three points in the final seconds of the third quarter, Wake Forest (10-6, 2-1 ACC) tied the score just before the end of the quarter on Alex Sharp's corner three. From there, the Demon Deacons never trailed the rest of the way, thanks to a 12-0 fourth quarter run.

The win pushes the Deacs to a 2-1 ACC record through three games for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Amber Campbell played an outstanding overall game for Wake Forest. The senior guard totaled a season-high 22 points along with a career-high seven steals. She also led all players with eight rebounds. Elisa Penna also reached double figures, tallying 12 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists.

Wake Forest's offense struggled in the first quarter as the team shot just 16 percent from the field. However, the team's outstanding defense kept the game close. The Deacs held Miami to 12 points and forced the Hurricanes into seven first quarter turnovers.

The Demon Deacons opened the second quarter on a 13-4 run that gave them a 19-18 lead at the 4:59 media timeout. The Deacs continued their good work, closing out the half with a 28-24 advantage. Wake Forest corralled 14 offensive rebounds in the first half.

The Hurricanes began the second half on an 8-2 run to retake the lead at 32-30. With Miami leading by three just before the half, Sharp knocked down a corner three with under five seconds remaining to send the game to the fourth quarter tied at 41.

Leading 45-44 early in the fourth quarter, the Deacs went on a 10-0 run to take a 55-44 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Hurricanes were unable to mount a rally as Wake Forest closed out its second straight ACC road win.

The Demon Deacons dominated the glass, recording 22 offensive rebounds for the game. They also took advantage of their defense, scoring 27 points off 24 Miami turnovers.

Up next, Wake Forest returns home to face off with No. 17 Duke on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.


 

 

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