Wake Forest Falls 73-44 to No. 4 Duke
Jan. 13, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest kept the game close for much of the first half, but fell 73-44 on Sunday afternoon at Lawrence Joel Coliseum as No. 4 Duke relied on stifling defense and its powerful inside game.
The loss drops Wake Forest to 9-7 on the season and 2-2 in ACC play, while the Blue Devils maintain their perfect record at 15-0 with a 5-0 mark in conference games.
Lakevia Boykin (12 points) and Dearica Hamby (11) each reached double figures for the Deacs. Elizabeth Williams led all scorers with 18 points, and Richa Jackson and Chloe Wells joined her in double figures with 10 points apiece.
The Demon Deacons grabbed their lone lead of the game on a free throw by Chelsea Douglas just over a minute into the game, but Duke responded with a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to build a two-possession advantage. Wake did not score a field goal until the 14:55 mark when Asia Williams converted a layup.
Despite closing the lead to just two, 19-17, with under eight minutes to play, the Deacons could not continue to capitalize. The Blue Devils used a 13-3 run to build their first double-digit lead of the night at the 1:36 mark and took a 33-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Duke's strong inside game and defense gave the Deacs trouble throughout the half. Of their 33 points, 20 were scored inside the paint and 15 came off turnovers, and they forced 14 total turnovers in the first half alone.
The Blue Devils came out of the gate in the second half on a hot streak, hitting four of their first five shots to go up 43-29 heading into the first official timeout. A pair of three-pointers from Wells and Tricia Liston further increased their advantage to 55-37 with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Any chance of a second-half comeback was quelled by a late 13-0 run by Duke that was finally ended by a layup from Hamby with 2:45 remaining that made the score 72-44.
Duke finished the game shooting 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) from the field and went 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the free throw line. Wake Forest was held to just 38 percent (19-of-50) shooting and was only 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Blue Devils also forced 23 turnovers and posted 11 offensive rebounds, turning those into 17 second-chance points.
Wake Forest will return to action next Thursday, Jan. 17, as the Deacs take on Clemson at Lawrence Joel Coliseum at 6:30 p.m. Wake swept its season series with the Tigers last season, posting a 94-65 win at home and a 63-51 triumph on the road. A live stream of the game will be available on WakeForestSports.com.