Duke Pulls Away From Wake Forest, 79-50, in #ACCwbb Tournament Quarterfinals

March 4, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC – The top-seeded Duke Blue Devils advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament for the 17th consecutive year with a 79-50 win over the ninth-seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons Friday afternoon in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Duke got a complete team effort, with its bench contributing 51 of the team’s 79 points. All 11 Duke players scored, led by Richa Jackson with a season-high 15 points off the bench. It was just the second time this year the freshman forward has scored in double figures. The Blue Devils shot 51 percent from the field for the game, the ninth time this year they have shot 50 percent or better. Six Duke players scored at least eight points as the Blue Devils defeated the Demon Deacons for the 35th consecutive time.

“It was just a good, strong game for us,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said, “a great 40-minute attack. “I thought we played really focused and I liked how we finished in particular. Richa (Jackson) was so aggressive. I think I can speak for the entire team – we loved that aggression.”

Sophomore Sandra Garcia scored a game-high 19 points to lead Wake Forest. She was 7-for-7 from the field with 17 points after intermission. Senior Brittany Waters added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Demon Deacons, who fell to 15-17 on the year.

“I think we played a good game,” said Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen. “We had a good run in the second half. We made a few shots, got a couple blocks. Brit (Waters) took the same shots she took yesterday (when she scored 21); they just didn’t go in. Chelsea Douglas took the same shots she took yesterday (when she scored seven). She was 1-for-10. It’s hard when a team brings as much pressure defense as Duke does and plays as physical and hard as Duke does.”

Duke (27-3) will face fifth-seeded Georgia Tech (23-9) at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the tournament semifinals.

Game 6 Notes:

Duke has won 35 consecutive meetings with Wake Forest and six in a row in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The series was tied at 18 in the 1990s, but Duke now leads 53-18. In the tournament, Duke leads the series 7-2.

Duke is 36-27 all-time in the tournament. The Blue Devils rank fourth in tournament wins behind North Carolina (52 before its Friday night quarterfinal), Maryland (46) and N.C. State (39 before its Friday night quarterfinal).

Since 2000, no team has more tournament victories than Duke (27). North Carolina, before the Friday night quarterfinal, was second with 22 wins, and Maryland was third with 12.

Duke improved to 14-15 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have won their opening game in the tournament 17 consecutive seasons. Duke improved to 8-0 against No. 9 seeds in the tournament.

Wake Forest had 20 field goals and 20 turnovers, marking the 20th time in 30 games in which Duke’s opponent turnover count had equaled or exceeded the field goals made by the opponent.

Wake Forest’s Andrea Garcia finished 8 of 12 from the floor for a game-high 19 points. Garcia was 7 of 7 from the floor in the second half. In her last three games, she is 25 of 31 from the floor with 58 points.

Wake Forest is 11-34 in the ACC Tournament and fell to 2-23 in the quarterfinal round. Wake Forest is still seeking two wins in a single tournament.

Duke reserve Richa Jackson established a season high with 15 points, making 6 of 9 shots. The freshman forward’s previous best was 13 points.