Wake Forest Rallies Past Charlotte to Win Fifth in a Row
Dec. 18, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In front of a record crowd of 10,011, the Wake Forest women's basketball team overtook Charlotte late to win, 71-69, on School Day at LJVM Coliseum.

With the score even at 69-all, Charlotte's (3-7) Laia Raventos missed a jumper, which sparked a Wake Forest (7-5) fastbreak that led to Ariel Stephenson's game-winning layup with two seconds remaining.

This marks the third game this season where the Demon Deacons have scored the game-winning basket in the final 20 seconds.

Elisa Penna scored a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers. She also knocked down all seven of her free throw attempts. Tyra Whitehead delivered another strong effort off the bench, scoring 15 points to go with eight rebounds. Once again, Alex Sharp approached a triple-double, recording 10 points, eight rebounds and matching her career high with eight assists.

Both teams played well offensively in the first quarter, with neither side leading by more than two points. The 49ers and Deacs were tied at 20 apiece through the first 10 minutes.

Charlotte opened the second quarter on a 13-5 run to take a game-high eight-point lead. However, Wake Forest ended the half on a 6-0 run to cut their halftime deficit to two points.

The Demon Deacons scored the first five points of the third to take a three-point lead, but the 49ers kept within striking distance, ending the third quarter down only two points.

In the fourth quarter, Charlotte started strong to gain a 59-53 lead with five minutes remaining. Down by three with under a minute left, Penna hit a jumper to cut Wake Forest's deficit to 69-68. The Deacs fouled to stop the clock and after the 49ers missed both free throws, Stephenson found her way to the line, where she split the pair and tied the game.

After Charlotte missed its game-winning attempt with 11 seconds on the clock, Sharp grabbed the rebound and ignited the fastbreak that led to Stephenson's eventual game-winner. With two seconds remaining, Charlotte's last-second heave from deep sailed wide.

In winning their fifth consecutive game, the Deacs have their longest win streak since a five-game streak in November of last season.

Up next, the Deacs take to the road to battle College of Charleston this Thursday, December 21 at 12 p.m. The game will serve as a homecoming for senior Amber Campbell, who is from Charleston.


 

 

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