Records Fall as Deacs Cruise in ACC Tournament Opener
Feb. 28, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team raced past Pittsburgh in record-setting fashion with a 72-38 win in the ACC Tournament Opening Round Wednesday evening.

The Demon Deacons (14-16) never trailed on their way to their largest margin of victory in an ACC postseason game in Wake Forest postseason history. The Deacs also allowed just 38 points, the fewest allowed by any team in ACC Tournament history.

Alex Sharp played an outstanding game, tying a career high with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds.

She was joined in double figures by Amber Campbell, who recorded 14 points, and Elisa Penna, who also tallied 14 points and pulled in five rebounds. Tyra Whitehead scored 10 points off the bench and added a career-high four steals, all in the first half.

The Demon Deacons used a 7-0 run in the first quarter to take a 12-4 lead at the game's first media timeout. Whitehead scored six first-quarter points off the bench and the Deacs took a 19-10 lead into the second quarter. Wake Forest did not commit a turnover in the first quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same as the Demon Deacons closed the half on an 8-2 run to take a 10-point lead into the break. Sharp led the Deacs with 12 points in the first half.

Over the first five minutes of the second half, Wake Forest outscored Pitt (10-20) 15-3 to build a 47-25 lead at the third quarter media timeout. The Deacs continued to pour it on and closed out the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 30-point lead into the final period. Overall, the Demon Deacons outscored the Panthers, 25-5, in the third quarter.

The Demon Deacons continued to hold down the Pittsburgh offense as they ran out the clock and secured the largest margin of victory for Wake Forest over an ACC opponent since a 36-point win over Clemson in 1987.

Up next, the Demon Deacons advance to the second round of the ACC Tournament where they will face No. 6 seed Miami. Tipoff Thursday evening is set for approximately 8 p.m. on RSN.


 

 

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