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Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) – Led by a career day from freshman guard Amber Campbell, the No. 13-seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons upset No. 5 Syracuse on Thursday in the second round of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Campbell scored a career-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and paced the Demon Deacons throughout the game as the primary ball handler.
Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest’s all-time leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, was held in check for the first half, scoring just seven points but went off in the second frame. She finished with a total of 23 points and corralled 10 rebounds to register her 43rd double-double of her career.
Millesa Calicott and Kandice Ball also recorded double figures for the Demon Deacons with 14 apiece.
Implementing a full-court press, the Orange forced a ferocious pace early and caused havoc for the Demon Deacons’ offense. Forcing five turnovers in the first four minutes, Syracuse jumped out to a 12-5 lead.
Following a Wake Forest timeout, the Demon Deacons heated up, reeling off a 12-0 run to flip the script and take the advantage, 17-12.
Despite the Orange defense causing 16 first half turnovers, Syracuse only led 36-33 at the intermission.
After trading buckets for the first six minutes of the half, Wake Forest went on a furious 22-5 run and looked to have the game in hand, leading 68-53 with 7:08 remaining.
However, with Syracuse down by 15 with 4:22 remaining, the Orange mounted a final rally, crawling to within three with 51 seconds left on the clock. But solid free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the game for Wake Forest and ended the Orange’s stay in the tournament.
Syracuse was led by guard Alexis Peterson, who poured in a season-high 34 points. Cornelia Fondren and Brianna Butler also added double-digit outputs as they scored 16 and 10, respectively.
Wake Forest (13-19) moves on to face fourth-seeded Duke (20-9) in Friday’s 11 a.m. quarterfinal game. Syracuse sits at 21-9 and will await its tournament fate come selection Sunday.