GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Wake Forest hasn’t found first-game jitters to be a problem in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament for quite a while.
The 10th-seeded Demon Deacons held true to recent tournament form on Wednesday, taking control early and cruising past 15th-seeded Clemson, 73-58, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
By winning its opening ACC tourney game for the eighth consecutive year, Wake Forest (16-14) advanced to face seventh-seeded Georgia Tech (18-11) in Thursday’s 6 p.m. second-round contest. The teams met to close out the regular season just last Sunday in Atlanta, with the Yellow Jackets winning by a 66-51 score.
Clemson ended its season at 4-26.
Junior forward Milan Quinn recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Wake Forest. Ariel Stephenson added 19 points, and Amber Campbell scored 15. The trio shot a combined 22-of-37 from the floor.
Clemson’s Nelly Perry led all scorers with 23 points. Victoria Carduci added 11 for the Tigers, and Alexis Carter scored 10.
Quinn had 12 points and 10 rebounds by the halftime break. Stephenson went 3-for-3 from 3-point range in scoring 11 first-half points, and Campbell added nine points as the Demon Deacons shot 51.5 percent from the floor en route to a 40-22 lead.
Perry scored half of the Tigers’ 22 points in the first 20 minutes.
Wake Forest stayed comfortably ahead through the final two quarters, leading by as many as 24 points and never allowing Clemson to draw closer than 14. The Demon Deacons finished the game shooting nearly 54 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Tigers 54-30.