Boykin's 34 Leads Deacons To 80-72 Upset Of Florida State

Jan. 10, 2013

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

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wake Forest's Lakevia Boykin scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Demon Deacons to an 80-72 upset of No. 18/22 Florida State Thursday evening in Tallahassee.

The win was the fourth-straight for the Deacons who improve to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. Florida State drops just its third game of the season and is 12-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

For the second-straight game, the Demon Deacons defense played a key role in the victory. Wake Forest forced Florida State into a season-high 23 turnovers and picked-up its first victory in Tallahassee since Feb. 23, 1997. The win was also the first road victory for the Deacons over a ranked opponent since a 75-64 victory at No. 18/20 NC State on Feb. 25, 1996.

Boykin was 12-of-21 from the floor and 4-of-7 from long range. The Raleigh, N.C. native played a season-high 39 minutes and also grabbed five rebounds and had three steals. This was her seventh game this season with at least three three-pointers made.

Sophomore Dearica Hamby had yet another solid performance, scoring 23 points to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Seventeen of Hamby's 23 points came after halftime. Point guard Chelsea Douglas, who was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, finished with 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds. The eight assists was just one-off her season-high.

For Florida State, Chelsea Davis was 9-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the free throw line to finish with 25 points and eight rebounds. Natasha Howard notched a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Demon Deacons shot 42 percent from the floor and were 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) from the line. Florida State shot over 44 percent from the field but struggled to get into its offensive groove with the 23 turnovers.

After a Williams lay-in gave Wake an 11-10 lead, Florida State went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-11 lead seven minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets and then and old-fashioned three-point play by Williams sparked a 7-0 Deacon run that gave Wake a 20-19 edge.

Boykin then caught fire and hit back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead to 26-21 with 6:14 to play in opening half. Two more buckets from Boykin had the Deacs in front 30-24 at the four minute mark but FSU, led by Clayton, reeled-off a 12-0 run to take a 36-30 advantage with less than a minute to play in the half. Boykin then capped her stellar opening stanza with a deep three-pointer and the Deacs trailed 36-33 at the break.

Due largely to foul trouble for Douglas, Boykin played all 20 minutes of the opening half and scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Boykin scored the final 13 points of the half for Wake, which shot 37 percent from the floor.

The game of runs continued in the second half as Florida State came out of the locker room and opened-up an eight point edge at 46-38. Two Hamby free throws and a Boykin three-pointer keyed a 9-0 run that gave the Deacons a 47-46 lead with 13:28 to play. The Wake run continued as Hamby scored 11 of the Deacons next 18 points as the visitors took its largest lead of the game at 65-54 with seven minutes remaining.

Florida State took timeout and answered right back with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to pull within three at 65-62. A Hamby lay-up and two free throws from Douglas pushed the lead right back to seven but a layup from Howard and a three-pointer from Leonor Rodriguez on the next two Seminole possessions knifed the lead to 69-67 with under three minutes to play in the game.

The same combination of a Hamby lay-in and a pair of free throws from Douglas stemmed the tide and again gave the Deacs a six-point lead at 73-67 with 2:10 to play. A key point down the stretch was when the Deacons grabbed a defensive rebound with 1:56 left and despite missing on their own end, the Deacs kept the possession alive with rebounds by Hamby and Sandra Garcia. That was big as Florida State wasn't able to get the ball back into its offensive end until 1:05 left.

Davis made a couple of free throws on the next FSU possession to cut the lead to four but free throws down the stretch for the Deacs never allowed the Seminoles to get any closer the rest of the way.

Wake Forest will return home this Sunday to host No. 4/5 Duke at the Joel Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and parking is free.



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