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Hamby’s 23 points lead Wake Forest past Boston College
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament continues to treat Wake Forest kindly.
Of course, it hasn’t hurt the Demon Deacons in recent years to have Dearica Hamby on their side.
Hamby’s 23 points and eight rebounds led 13th-seeded Wake to a 69-53 win over the 12th-seeded Eagles in Wednesday’s opening first-round game at the Greensboro Coliseum. It marked the seventh consecutive year in which the Deacons have won their opening tournament game, the longest current streak among ACC teams.
Hamby, Wake’s all-time leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, finished 6-of-11 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the foul line. Amber Campbell added 12 points for the Deacons, who shot 46 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Eagles 38-25.
Wake Forest (13-19) moved on to face fifth-seeded Syracuse (21-8) in Thursday’s 11 a.m. second-round game. Boston College closed its season at 13-17.
Emilee Daley, Ashley Kelsick and Nicole Boudreau each scored 12 points for the Eagles.
Hamby’s 15 first-half points paced the Deacons to a 38-32 lead at intermission. The first-team All-ACC senior did not score for the first 10:09 of the game, but then reeled off 12 straight points as Wake built a 27-20 lead.
Fueled by 3-pointers by Kelly Hughes and Kelsick, Boston College regained a 28-27 edge with an 8-0 run. But the Eagles did not score in the final 2:34 of the opening half, and the Deacons closed with seven unanswered points – capped by Campbell’s follow-up of a Hamby miss at the buzzer – to build their six-point lead at the half.
The Eagles made one final push in the second half, charging back to grab a brief 41-40 lead on a pair of Katie Quandt free throws with 15:41 to play. But Wake Forest outscored Boston College 16-6 over the next 10 minutes to grab control for keeps.
Syracuse and Wake Forest met once during the regular season, with the Orange posting a 73-62 win at home on January 15.