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Wake Forest Eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 72-58




March 5, 2014

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GREENSBORO, N.C.  - The University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team was eliminated from the ACC Tournament by Wake Forest after suffering a 72-58 defeat in the opening round of tournament action on Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.  

Asia Logan recorded her second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and in the process tallied her 500th career rebounds. Brianna Kiesel finished with 12 points, five rebounds three assists as she joined Logan in double digits.

The Panthers (11-20) could not contain two of the league's top scorers in Dearica Hamby and Chelsea Douglas as they combined for 45 points. Hamby, the league's top scorer and rebounder, went for 25 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, while Douglas had 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Wake Forest (15-15) shot 47.4 percent overall for the game.

Wake Forest opened the game by scoring the first eight points, but Pitt answered with a 7-0 run capped off by a Marquel Davis layup to get the Panthers within one in the early going.

Fred Potvin came off the bench to hit two big 3-pointers which kept the Panthers close, and Pitt would eventually tie the contest at 20 when Logan nailed a baseline jumper, was fouled in the process, and completed the three point play at the line with 5:14 left in the half.

However, with the game tied 24, Douglas started a 10-0 Wake Forest run with back-to-back 3-pointers and ultimately scored 12 of Demon Deacons' final 14 points of the half as they took a 36-30 lead into halftime.

Douglas had 15 points at the break to lead all scorers. Wake shot 42.4 percent in the half (14-33) while Pitt shot 37.9 percent (11-29). Logan had eight points, while Potvin and Cora McManus each had six.

The Demon Deacons opened the second half on a 10-4 run and Hamby's layup gave Wake Forest its largest lead of the game at 46-34 and forced Pitt into calling its third timeout of the game with 14:41 remaining.

Wake would stretch its lead to 16 points (50-34), but the Panthers used an 11-4 run to get within nine points at 54-45 with 8:36 left in the game.

That nine point deficit would be the closest the Panthers would get for the remainder of the game. Hamby had 10 points down the stretch to keep Pitt at a distance as Wake Forest went on for the 14 point victory.

Wake Forest held a 45-31 advantage on the glass and outscored 34-22 in the paint. Pitt's bench topped Wake Forest's bench 15-14. The Demon Deacons will play North Carolina in the second round of the tournament.