Deacs Down College of Charleston, Take Sixth in a Row
Dec. 21, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team rolled to a 77-40 victory at College of Charleston in the team's final nonconference game of the season.

After a slow offensive start, Wake Forest's (8-5) offense came to life midway through the first quarter and never looked back, as the team rolled to its sixth consecutive victory and second in the last three games by a margin of at least 37 points. The Demon Deacons also played a strong defensive game, holding College of Charleston (4-8) to just 27% shooting and forcing 22 turnovers for the game.

The six-game streak is the longest for the program since they also won six in a row to begin the 2009-10 season.

Returning to her hometown of Charleston, senior guard Amber Campbell delivered 18 points and finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. Freshman forward Ivana Raca produced a season-high 12 points while fellow freshman Raegyn Branch also had a solid game in the post, scoring a season-best 10 points. The two freshmen combined to shoot 7-of-8 from the field.

While the Deacs offense started slow, Campbell provided a spark midway through the opening quarter, scoring 10 points and helping Wake Forest build a 22-11 lead after the first quarter. The Demon Deacons made seven-straight field goals to end the period and forced seven College of Charleston turnovers.

Wake Forest continued to extend its lead in the second quarter. The team finished the half on an 8-0 run to take a 39-18 lead into halftime. College of Charleston did not score in the final 6:02 of the quarter. The 18 points surrendered in the first half by the Deacs are the fewest they have allowed in a half all season.

The Demon Deacons kept up their intensity in the third quarter as they led by 20-or-more points for most of the period. Although the Cougars broke their long scoring draught early in the period, the Deacs led by 26 points heading into the fourth.

In the fourth quarter, Wake Forest built a game-high 42-point lead before the Cougars scored the final five points to give the Deacs a 77-40 victory.

The team's 40 points allowed are the fewest since they allowed 40 against Samford on Dec. 18, 2016.

With nonconference play behind them, the Demon Deacons open ACC competition in their next game, when they host Notre Dame in their ACC opener on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.



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