Syracuse's Alexis Peterson (1) drives past Wake Forest's Kandice Ball (42) during the second half of an Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament basketball game in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 5, 2015. Wake Forest won 85-79. (AP Photo/Chuck Burto
Chuck Burton
March 05, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Dearica Hamby had 23 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday and 13th-seeded Wake Forest women knocked off No. 5 seed and 22nd-ranked Syracuse 85-79 in the second round of the ACC tournament.

Wake Forest (13-19) entered the tournament with just two conference wins and will play No. 4 seed and 16th-ranked Duke in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The Deacons pulled away with a 9-0 run capped on Hamby's free throws at 68-53 with 7:08 left.

Alexis Peterson scored 11 of her career-high 34 points over the final 4:07, leading Syracuse (21-9) to rally back within 81-78 with 51 seconds left. But Hamby secured the offensive rebound on Ataijah Taylor's missed layup with 24 seconds left and Millesa Calicott made both free throws to give the Deacons a five-point lead with 16.7 seconds.

Amber Campbell and Kandice Ball had career highs of 21 and 14 points, respectively for Wake Forest.

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