Thursday's win was the first ACC home victory for the Demon Deacons since Feb. 5, 2017.
Feb. 15, 2018
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Elisa Penna led the team with 20 points as Wake Forest women’s basketball defeated Virginia Tech, 73-56, Thursday evening at the LJVM Coliseum.
Thursday’s win was the first ACC home victory for the Demon Deacons (12-14, 4-9 ACC) since a 57-48 victory over Pitt on Feb. 5, 2017. It was the largest margin of victory in an ACC contest since a 24-point win over a ranked Florida State team in 2013-14.
With the victory, the Deacs have evened the all-time series with the Hokies (16-10, 5-8 ACC) at 13-all while recording their first win over Virginia Tech since the 2013-14 season.
Penna led the Deacons with 20 points, her seventh 20-point game of the season. She has now recorded 955 career points and is just 45 points away from becoming the 26th member of the 1,000-point club.
Alex Sharp recorded her sixth double-double of the season and fourth of ACC play with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Twelve of her 14 points came in the second half, as did five of her rebounds.
Gina Conti dished out a career-high 10 assists while not committing a single turnover. It was the 18th time in program history a Demon Deacon totaled 10 or more assists and the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Amber Campbell added 12 points for her 16th double-digit performance of the season while Ivana Raca chipped in nine points. Tyra Whitehead finished just one-point shy of third career double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Demon Deacons used an early 6-0 run to take a 13-7 advantage over the Hokies. After the 6-0 run, Whitehead and Sharp extended the run to 10-0, giving the Deacons a 10-point lead with two minutes to play in the opening quarter. Wake Forest took a 19-11 lead into the second quarter behind a nine-point performance from Penna and eight points from Whitehead.
The Deacons shot 61 percent from the field in the second period to take a 43-20 lead into halftime. It was their largest halftime lead of the season, replacing the 21-point advantage against College of Charleston. Penna had 16 first half points after going 7-for-10 from the floor.
In the second half, Virginia Tech used an early 7-0 run in the third quarter to force the Deacons into a timeout just three minutes in. Penna snapped the run with a long jumper, but the Hokies shot 64 percent from the floor in the third quarter to outscore the Deacons 20-13. However, the Deacs managed to maintain a 16-point lead heading into the final frame, 56-40.
In the final quarter, Sharp racked up six points and her final two rebounds to earn the double-double as the Deacs cruised to the 73-56 victory.
Wake Forest combined for 50.7 percent from the field Thursday night, its second-best field goal percentage of the season. The team also went 54 percent from the field in the first half, the fifth-best half percentage this season.
The Demon Deacons won the turnover battle, scoring 24 points off the Hokies’ 17 turnovers, while the committing just 12. The Deacs also won on the glass, pulling down 38 rebounds to Virginia Tech’s 30.
Up next, the Demon Deacons hit the road to open a two-game road trip on Sunday, Feb. 18 at NC State. Tip-off is set for noon on ESPNU.