Deacs Fall Late to No. 19 Duke, 59-51
Feb. 7, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest women's basketball team battled No. 19 Duke to the wire Wednesday (Feb. 7) evening, ultimately dropping a 59-51 decision inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Elisa Penna recorded a game-high 23 points, her seventh game of 20 or more points this season. Amber Campbell finished with 11 points while Alex Sharp fell one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Demon Deacons (11-13, 3-8) stormed out of the gate Wednesday, quickly scoring the game's first six points behind 3-pointers from Alex Sharp and Elisa Penna to force a Blue Devil (19-6, 7-4) timeout just over one minute into the game.

Wake Forest then closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run to lead take a 17-10 lead into the second quarter. The duo of Penna and Sharp scored all 17 points for the Deacs in the opening quarter behind 10 from Penna and seven from Sharp.

Duke opened the second quarter with a 15-4 run to gain a 25-21 lead, but a late 8-0 burst by the visiting Demon Deacons helped Wake Forest take a 28-27 lead into the break. At the half, Penna and Sharp had combined for 22 of Wake Forest's 28 first-half points while Penna alone led all scorers with 15 points at the break.

After Duke converted a layup on its opening possession of the third quarter, the Deacs answered with seven unanswered points to once again force a Duke timeout. Campbell scored five of her nine second-half points during the run to lead the attack.

The Blue Devils took the lead for good with a 10-1 scoring advantage to end the third quarter, but Wake Forest didn't back down against the 19th-ranked team in the country. On five separate occasions the Deacs would get the deficit down to a single possession in the fourth quarter but were unable to take a late lead.

Wake Forest returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 11, as the Demon Deacons play host to Syracuse inside the LJVM Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. Sunday's game will be Wake Forest's annual Play4Kay game, with free admission given to any fan who wears pink to the game.

 

 

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