The Wake Forest Demon Deacons suffered a tough loss against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Feb. 25. although the Deacs dominated the first half of the game.
As a team, they had six offensive rebounds and 13 defensive rebounds. Additionally, they held the bench players of Virginia Tech to only six total points and converted 11 points off of turnovers.
The Deacs started to struggle in the second half, most likely due to a shallow bench. The players were tired and started to give up more points from players off the Virginia Tech bench. Sidney Cook scored 13 points and Chanette Hicks had 11 points all in the second half alone, while Elisa Penna was the top scorer for Wake Forest in the second half with 10 total points.
Free throws came in clutch for Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, but at different times. In the first half, the Deacs were 5-6 from the line and the Hokies were only 2-3.
However, Wake Forest started fouling more towards the end of the game and sent Virginia Tech to the line for a total of 11 free throw attempts. They had a completion rate of over 80 percent completing nine free throws of the alloted 11.This was a critical part of the reason Virginia Tech was victorious. The final score of the game was 48-54.
The Deacs faced Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. this past Sunday as the last game of the regular season. The Deacs finished ACC play with another tough loss of 66-51.
Georgia Tech gradually increased their lead over the Deacs as the game progressed. The two teams were pretty evenly matched; Georgia Tech started the game off with a 12-2 run, but the Deacs fought back and closed the lead in the second and beginning of the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets went on an 8-0 run, leading them into the fourth quarter with momentum and confidence.
Milan Quinn led Wake Forest with 12 points and eight rebounds, followed by Elisa Penna who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. The Deacs finished 18 of 54 from the floor. Georgia Tech’s Aaliyah Whiteside finished with 19 points and was followed by Antonia Peresson (12 points), Tilford (11 points) and Roddreka Rogers (eight points, nine rebounds).
Georgia Tech’s win leaves the Deacs stuck with the No.10 seed; they were predicted to finish 14th in the preseason. As the No.10 seed, they will face the Clemson Tigers on Wednesday, March 2, in the first round of the ACC tournament.