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ACC women: Wake Forest upset run continues as Deacons beat No. 22 Syracuse

Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman argues a call during the second half of Thursday’s ACC tournament game against Wake Forest.
Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman argues a call during the second half of Thursday’s ACC tournament game against Wake Forest. AP

Dearica Hamby had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Amber Campbell added 21 points, leading Wake Forest to an 85-79 upset of No. 22 Syracuse in the second round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum.

The No. 13 seed Deacons (13-19) advanced to Friday’s 11 a.m. quarterfinal against No. 4 seed Duke (20-9).

No. 5 seed Syracuse (21-9), considered a lock for an NCAA tournament at-large bid, had beaten the visiting Deacons 73-62 in their only regular-season meeting Jan. 15.

Alexis Peterson led the Orange with 34 points. Cornelia Fondren added 16 and Brianna Butler 10.

Millesa Calicott and Kandice Ball chipped in 14 points each for the Deacons.

Duke won both regular-season meetings with the Deacons, 70-63 on Jan. 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and 70-53 on Feb. 5 in Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest, which ripped No. 12 seed Boston College 69-53 in the first round, is the only team with wins in each of the past seven ACC tournaments.

Miami 62, Virginia 52: Necole Sterling had 15 points and Adrienne Motley 13, leading Miami past Virginia.

The No. 8 seed Hurricanes (19-11) move to Friday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal against top-seed and reigning champion Notre Dame (28-2).

Lauren Moses scored 13, and Mikaya Venson and Breyana Mason added 11 each for No. 9 seed Virginia (17-13), which is likely headed to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

The Hurricanes won the teams’ regular-season meeting 67-58 at home on Jan. 21.

Miami is the only ACC team to beat Notre Dame this season, winning 78-63 at home on Jan. 8. The Hurricanes are the only team other than Connecticut to beat the Irish since 2013.

Virginia Tech 51, Pittsburgh 45: Vanessa Panousis scored 20 as 15th-seeded Virginia Tech stunned seventh-seeded Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech (12-19), which got 10 points from Sidney Cook, will face No. 2 seed Florida State (27-3) in Friday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal.

The Hokies also shocked No. 10 seed N.C. State with a 57-56 upset in the first round Wednesday.

The Panthers (19-11), who made 10 of 24 free throws, got 13 points from Stasha Carey. All-ACC selection Brianna Kiesel finished with nine.

Pitt had beaten the Hokies 53-35 on Feb. 12 in Blacksburg, Va., in their only regular-season meeting.

Florida State beat the Hokies 59-44 on Jan. 18 in Blacksburg.

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