Conference play officially starts this weekend for the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball teams, and while the Wake Forest men travel to Georgia Tech, the women host Miami on Sunday at 1pm in the Joel Coliseum.
The Deacs are 9-4 heading into conference play with wins over Towson, Mercer, Richmond, St. John’s, Charlotte, Maryland Eastern Shore, James Madison, South Carolina State, and Norfolk State, and losses to Virginia Commonwealth, Xavier, East Carolina, and Indiana.
The four losses came consecutively, and the Lady Deacs are riding a six game winning streak heading into conference play.
The team is led by senior forward Elisa Penna, who is averaging 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 35.9% from the field, 32.5% from three, and 84.2% from the free throw line. Penna also has 21 assists and a team-high 20 steals on the season.
Junior guard Alex Sharp is averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Sophomore forward Ivana Raca is averaging 12.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and leads the team at the free throw line shooting 85.2%.
Junior forward Ona Udoh is almost averaging a double-double at 11.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, and leads the team with 25 blocks on the year.
Sophomore guard Gina Conti is averaging 7.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game as the starting point guard. She leads the team with 72 assists and also has 19 steals.
Sophomore forward Maya Banks, freshman guard Ellen Hahne, freshman guard Kaylen Dickson, freshman forward Christina Morra, and freshman forward Lindsey Jarosinski are all playing significant roles off the bench, with Hahne getting spot starts due to injuries.
The team is averaging 61.3 points per game, 42.6 rebounds per game, 12.8 assists per game, 19.0 turnovers per game, and has an average rebounding margin of +10.0.
Everyone get out and support the Wake Forest women’s basketball team as much as you can, and as always GO DEACS!!!