Deacs Drop Home Game to No. 16/18 Duke
Jan. 11, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team returned home and fell to No. 16/18 Duke, 80-67, on Thursday night at LJVM Coliseum.

Despite a strong first quarter from the Demon Deacons (10-7, 2-2 ACC), the Blue Devils used a 10-0 run to take a 43-34 lead into halftime. Duke (13-4, 2-2 ACC) extended its lead to double-digits in the third quarter and stifled Wake Forest's fourth quarter rallies to close out the win.

For the third consecutive home game, Elisa Penna tied her career-high with 24 points. She was helped by Ariel Stephenson, who delivered 18 points and now needs just seven more to reach 1,000 for her career. Alex Sharp continued to showcase her versatile skillset, recording 11 points and 11 rebounds for her team-leading third double-double. The sophomore from Australia also added a team-high five assists.

The teams opened the game with strong offensive first quarters as each shot 8-of-14 from the field. Duke's Rebecca Greenwell hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Blue Devils a 22-20 lead after one quarter.

Duke continued its efficient offense in the second quarter as its 10-0 run put the Deacs in a double-digit hole.

After Wake Forest cut its deficit to single digits heading into halftime, the Blue Devils used an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter to take a game-high 19-point lead into the fourth.

Although the Demon Deacons cut into Duke's lead slightly in the fourth quarter, they were unable to mount a sustained rally, losing by 13 and falling to 2-2 in ACC play.

Up next, the Deacs remain at home to host North Carolina this Sunday, Jan. 14 at 12:30 p.m.



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