Wake Forest Falls Late to Miami in ACC Tournament Second Round
March 1, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Despite a furious fourth-quarter rally, the Wake Forest women's basketball team fell late to No. 6 seed Miami, 68-60, on Thursday night in the ACC Tournament Second Round.

The Hurricanes (21-9) jumped out to an early lead and led most of the way. The Demon Deacons (14-17) responded with a fourth-quarter comeback that saw them briefly take the lead. However, in the game's final minutes, Miami reestablished control and emerged victorious.

Alex Sharp delivered another outstanding performance for the Deacs. The sophomore guard tied a team high with 17 points and pulled in 13 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.

Elisa Penna's big second half sparked the Wake Forest comeback, as she finished with 17 points and five rebounds.

Miami jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game's early minutes, forcing a Wake Forest timeout. The Hurricanes built a 10-0 lead before the Demon Deacons cracked the scoreboard, but the Deacs finished the quarter strong and only trailed by seven heading into the second period.

In the second quarter, Wake Forest increased its offensive efficiency to keep pace with Miami. The Demon Deacons shot 60 percent from the floor in the period and went into the break trailing by eight points. Sharp led the Deacs with 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half.

Wake Forest played strong defense in the third quarter, holding Miami to just 12 third-quarter points. The Deacs used a 5-0 run capped by an Ariel Stephenson three to cut their deficit to 47-40 heading into the final quarter.

The Demon Deacons raced out to a 6-2 run early in the fourth quarter, which cut Miami's lead to 49-46. After the Hurricanes moved the lead back out to six points, the Deacs answered with a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game on an Ona Udoh layup with just under three minutes to play. However, Miami answered with a basket on its next possession to retake the lead, 59-58.

In the final minute, Penna converted two free throws to pull the Deacs to within two points with under 30 seconds remaining. However, Miami's Endie Banks hit a contested jumper to put the Hurricanes up by four. From there, the Deacs were forced to foul and the Hurricanes sealed the game at the free throw line.

Wake Forest concluded its 2017-18 season with a 14-17 record.



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