Clemson Pulls Away For 74-64 Victory Over Wake Forest
Jan. 17, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest erased a 13-point deficit but Clemson hung tough and made the plays down the stretch to pull-out a 74-64 victory Thursday evening at the Joel Coliseum.
The win was the first conference victory of the season for the Clemson, which improves to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the ACC. The Deacons drop to 9-8 on the year and 2-3 in the conference.
Junior point guard Chelsea Douglas led the Deacons in scoring with 15 points. She also dished-out four assists and grabbed five rebounds. The Deacons got solid contributions from their post players. Sandra Garcia scored nine points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds while Lindsy Wright and Dearica Hamby each finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Four players scored in double-figures for Clemson led by Nikki Dixon's 21 points. Quinyotta Pettaway also finished with a double-double, notching 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Clemson did most of its damage inside, scoring 34 points in the paint and shooting 47 percent from the floor. Wake Forest shot just 37 percent and committed 18 turnovers.
It wasn't a pretty start for either team but with the score deadlocked at 12-12, Millesa Calicott and Asia Williams hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give Wake an 18-12 advantage just over nine minutes into the game. Clemson wasn't rattled and answered with a 16-5 run to grab a 28-23 lead with eight minutes to play in the half. Kelly Gramlich hit a pair of three-pointers during the spurt.
After a Lakevia Boykin three-pointer cut the Tiger lead to 28-26, four-straight points from Gramlich sparked a 14-3 Clemson run that gave the visitors their largest lead of the half at 42-29. Douglas then ended the half for the Deacs with four-straight points of her own as the teams headed to the break with Clemson in front 42-33.
The Tigers shot 55 percent in the first half and dominated in the paint, scoring 24 points insides. The Deacons were 5-of-10 from beyond the arc but committed 10 turnovers.
Garcia scored the first six points of the second half for the Deacs to knife into the lead. A jumper by Boykin and a lay-in by Hamby brought Wake within two at 45-43 at the 13:50 mark. But just like in the first half, Clemson responded with a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to shove the lead right back to 10 at 55-45.
With just over eight minutes to play, Douglas hit a three-pointer from the wing to spark a 12-0 Demon Deacon run that gave Wake its first lead since midway through the first half. Wright had five points during the spurt while Williams chipped-in with four points.
But like they had all game, the Tigers refused to fold as Ford and Aisha Turner hit back-to-back baskets to keep the score tied at 61-61 with 2:25 to play. A big play in the game came off a Deacon turnover as Dixon ran out and found herself all alone in the back court. She missed the initial lay-in but gathered her own miss and put it back in along with a foul. The three-point play put Clemson ahead 64-61 with two minutes left.
The Clemson defense took over from there, holding Wake without a field goal the rest of the way and would pull-away with for a 74-64 victory. The last Deacon field goal in the game was Wright's three-point play with 3:42 to remaining.
The Demon Deacons will regroup and head out on the road this Sunday to take on Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Game time is set for 1 p.m., from the Conte Forum.