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 2012 ACC Tournament Coverage
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ACC 1st Round: #9 NCSU 74, # 8 FSU 71
 
ACC 1st Round: #6 Virginia 72, #11 Boston College 41

ACC 1st Round: # 7 Wake 80, #10 VT 74
Deacs Hold Off Late Hokie Charge
Published March 1, 2012

By Rob Clough
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Wake Forest used excellent shooting from behind the arc and at the foul line to put away pesky Virginia Tech in game three of the ACC tournament. Even when the Deacs went up by 15 points with three minutes to go in the game, the Hokies went on an 18-9 run to put the final outcome in doubt down to the last few seconds. Amazingly, this matchup brought a 30 point blowout less than a week ago, but the Hokies clearly embraced the opportunity to forge a new season and gave Wake everything they could handle. That said, nothing came easy for the Hokies, whose last lead came with 18:05 to go in the first half. As a result, they had to exert an enormous amount of energy just to stay in the game, a fact that wasn't lost on Wake coach Mike Peterson. He gave eight players double digit minutes and rotated in a couple of others to keep his team fresh. He stepped up the pressure midway through the second half and wore the Hokies down even more. Still, the resilient Hokies forced 4 turnovers and manged to tie the game for the last time at 47 with 10:28 left. The Deacs ramped up their attack thanks to some long-range bombing from Lakevia Boykin and Chelsea Douglas, building a 12 point lead with six minutes left. The Deacs forced turnovers and built up that lead to 15, but a three point play and a trio of treys by Monet Tellier cut the lead to 4 with thirty seconds to play. The Deacs calmly made their foul shots and played solid defense; as Petersen noted, "we never really freaked out."

What's Next For Virginia Tech: The Hokies finished the season at 7-23, but I was frankly amazed that they won those seven games. This is the least talented and shallowest team in the ACC, but every coach in the league would tell you that they never quit. In terms of attitude and competitiveness, Dennis Wolff has clearly done a great job. Time will tell if he can actually bring talent to Blacksburg.

What's Next For Wake Forest: The Deacs will go up against Miami and try to reach the twenty win mark. The WNIT will almost certainly await them after that, given that the Hurricanes clobbered them by 25 points earlier this year, but the Deacs have won six of their last eight games and are certainly playing their best ball of the season. They will need to play much better defense if they are to have a chance at beating Miami.

Top Performers:

  1. Lakevia Boykin, WF: 22 points, 4-5 from three. Boykin scored 15 of her 22 points in the first half and carried Wake's sputtering offense.

  2. Chelsea Douglas, WF: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. 18 of Hall's points came in the second half, including 8 points in the 22-11 run that gave Wake the working margin that won them the game.

  3. Monet Tellier, VT 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks. Tellier's relentlessness on the offensive end nearly carried the Hokies to the upset; she was equally effective in attacking the basket and draining shots from long range.

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Link to this Photo VT got a technical foul for six players on the court  - VT Players: Head Coach Dennis Wolff
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ACC 1st Round: #9 NCSU 74, # 8 FSU 71
 
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