GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ivana Raca had 16 points and six rebounds, Gina Conti scored four of her 11 points in the final minute and Wake Forest beat Virginia Tech 58-55 on Thursday in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Wake Forest (16-15) has won two ACC tournament games for just the third time in program history. The No. 13 seed will face 22nd-ranked Florida State on Friday after dropping both regular-season matchups with the No. 4 seed Seminoles.
Conti curled off a high screen and made a contested shot at the edge of the key to extend Wake Forest’s lead to 56-51 with 53.7 seconds left. Virginia Tech later pulled to 56-55 after a quick inbound play, but Conti answered with two free throws at 8.9 for a three-point lead.
Virginia Tech had two good looks at the other end but Taja Cole’s layup attempt rolled off and Aisha Sheppard’s corner 3-pointer was short at the buzzer.
Elizabeth Kitley led Virginia Tech (21-9) with 15 points. The No. 5 seed Hokies became the fourth straight higher seed to lose in the tournament.