Wake Forest's Winning Streak Snapped in Home Loss to No. 2 Notre Dame
Dec. 31, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team dropped its ACC home opener, 96-73, to No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at LJVM Coliseum.

The Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC) jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back, handing the Demon Deacons (8-6, 0-1 ACC) just their second home loss of the season.

The loss snapped the team's six-game winning streak that closed out nonconference play.

Elisa Penna led the Deacs with 24 points and four made three-pointers, both of which tied her career highs. Amber Campbell continued her strong play, finishing one shy of her season high with 18 points. Campbell also recorded three steals. She has produced at least three steals in five of her last six games.

After Ona Udoh's fastbreak layup put Wake Forest on the board trailing 4-2, Notre Dame used an 11-0 run to take a 17-4 lead midway through the quarter. The Fighting Irish led, 28-12, at the end of the first quarter and shot 80 percent from the field in the period.

The Demon Deacons kept the Fighting Irish form extending their lead through most of the second quarter thanks to a strong offensive attack. However, Notre Dame closed the half on a 7-2 run to take a 50-31 lead into halftime. Campbell led the Demon Deacons with 10 points in the first half.

Wake Forest continued to play sound offense, scoring 22 points in the third quarter. Notre Dame also had a solid offensive quarter and took a 70-53 lead into the final period. After missing the season's first 13 games with an injury, sophomore guard Kortni Simmons scored her first points of the season in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Fighting Irish outscored the Deacs, 26-20, and claimed the 23-point victory. Penna scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half.

Up next, Wake Forest heads to the road to battle Pittsburgh this Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.


 

 

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