Deacons Down NC State 69-56

Jan. 6, 2013

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By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest put together its most complete game of the year and picked-up its first ACC victory with a 69-56 win over NC State Sunday afternoon.

The Deacons remain perfect at home and are now 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. With the loss, NC State falls to 8-7 on the year and 0-3 in the conference. Coupled with last season's 70-57 victory at NC State, the Deacons have now won back-to-back games over the Wolfpack for the first time since 1996.

The key stretch in the game came midway through the second half when the Deacons used a 12-3 run over a five minute span to break open a five point game. The run gave Wake Forest a comfortable 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Wake Forest junior Chelsea Douglas was 7-of-13 from the floor, including a season-best 4-of-6 from long range, and finished with a game-high 21 points. It was Douglas' third 20-point of the season and the sixth of her career.

Junior Dearica Hamby had another solid game for the Deacons, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds. She also tied a career-high with three blocked shots. Seniors Lakevia Boykin (13 points) and Asia Williams (12 points) were the other two Demon Deacons to finish in double-figures and each also dished-out four assists.

Fellow senior Sandra Garcia gave the Deacons solid minutes off the bench, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds.

For the Wolfpack, forward Kody Burke recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She scored seven of her 12 points and in the first three minutes of the game and was held to just five points the rest of the way.

Burke got NC State off to a great start, scoring six of the Pack's first eight points to give the visitors an early 8-4 lead. Douglas then scored the next five points for the Deacs to spark to an 18-1 run that saw Wake build a 22-9 lead at the 12:09 mark of the opening half.

The Deacons then missed five of their next six shots over a four minute span and let the Wolfpack climb to within four at 24-20. A three-pointer by Douglas made the score 27-20 with seven minutes to play. That was the only scoring for the next four-plus minutes until Lakeesa Daniel knocked-down a jumper for State with 2:22 left in the half. Kastanek hit a three-pointer from the wing to pull NCSU to within two but the Deacons would head into the locker room with a 32-28 advantage.

Douglas was 3-of-4 from long range and led all scorers with 11 points at the break. State led 25-17 on the boards and had seven second-chance points to zero for Wake.

The Wolfpack cut the lead to two right out of the locker room but the Deacons used a 6-0 run, punctuated by a lay-in and a three-pointer by Douglas, to push the advantage out to 10 points at 42-32. State then slowly chipped-away at the lead and trimmed to margin to five at 48-43 after a rebound and lay-in by Burke. But that's when a couple of free throws by Hamby sparked a 12-3 run for the Deacons that would give them a comfortable lead. Hamby had six points during the run and when it was all over, Wake led 60-46 with 4:46 to play.

Wake eventually pushed the lead out to as many at 21 and would go on for a 69-56 victory.

The Deacons shot 40 percent (6-fo-15) from beyond the arc and 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the free throw line.

Wake Forest heads to Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday to face No. 19/21 Florida State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Deacs snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Seminoles with a 65-55 victory in Winston-Salem last season.



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