Deacons Outlast Boston College 92-87 in Double-Overtime

Jan. 20, 2013

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

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - In a back-and-forth battle, Wake Forest came away with the last punch to outlast Boston College 92-87 in double-overtime Sunday afternoon at the Conte Forum.

The win is the Deacons' third-straight in Chestnut Hill and runs their record to 10-8 on the season and 3-3 in the ACC. Boston College falls to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Wake Forest senior Lakevia Boykin played 49 of the 50 minutes and finished with a game-high 27 points and five assists. She was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, marking her eighth game this season with three or more three-pointers.

Point guard Chelsea Douglas tied a career-high with five three-pointers and finished with 21 points. Senior Asia Williams had a tremendous game, notching 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Sandra Garcia (11 points) and Dearica Hamby (10 points) were the fourth and fifth Demon Deacons to finish in double-figures on the day.

Boston College also had five players in double-figures led by 21 points and nine assists from Kristen Doherty. Katie Zenevich finished with 17 points, Nicole Boudreau tallied 16 points Kerri Shields had 14 points and Tessah Holt finished with 13 points.

The Deacons won the battle on the boards 38-30 and matched the ACC's best three-point shooting team with nine three-pointers.

After a slow start, Boston College warmed-up from the floor and raced out to a 17-11 lead at the 12 minute mark of the opening half. The Eagles made 8-of-11 shots to start the game. The Deacons answered with a lay-in and a three-pointer by Douglas and cut the deficit to 19-18 with nine minutes left in the half.

Boston College got a three-pointer from Boudreau to push the lead out to seven at 27-20 but a nice lay-in in traffic from Walker to stop the run and Wake would eventually pull to within two again at 31-29. The Eagles got a jumper from Doherty with 1:23 left to take a 33-29 lead and that was the final scoring of the half.

The Deacons were 4-of-8 from long range but shot just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from inside the arc in the opening half. BC was 14-of-26 from the floor and scored 16 points in the paint.

Boston College came out of the break and again took a seven point lead at 38-31 but a pair of free throws from Boykin and a transition three from Douglas brought Wake within two at 38-36 and forced a BC timeout. The Eagles came out of the timeout and pushed right back with five-straight of their own to again lead by seven.

A Boykin lay-in sparked a 7-0 run for the Deacs that included a Walker lay-in and a three-point play by Williams. But as was the case all afternoon, the Eagles responded. A pair of three-pointers and a three-point play by Zenevich gave BC its largest lead of the game at 55-46 with 10:53 left.

The game of runs continued as Wake got four points from Williams and two each from Boykin, Hamby and Douglas in a 10-2 run that saw the Deacs pull within one at 57-56 with under eight minutes to play. The score stayed close until a three-pointer by Douglas tied the game and then a runner by Douglas gave Wake its first lead at 63-61 with just over four minutes to go.

Shields and Boudreau made three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to once again give BC a 67-63 lead. The Deacs didn't give in and after the teams traded baskets, Boykin hit a huge three-pointer with 1:30 to play to bring Wake within two at 69-67. Zenevich had a lay-in for BC and Hamby hit two free throws with 58 seconds left to make the score 71-69 in favor of the Eagles.

Boudreau missed a three-pointer with 12 seconds left and Boykin got the rebound and pushed the ball. She found Williams on the wing who then hit a wide-open Garcia under basket for the game-tying lay-in with 1.9 seconds left. BC couldn't advance the ball and the game went to overtime.

The first overtime went back-and-forth until Boykin hit her fourth three-pointer of the game to give Wake a 78-76 lead with 1:58 to play. The teams then traded turnovers and missed shots on the next four possessions leaving BC with the ball and 20 seconds to go. Doherty took the ball down the lane and scored with 12 seconds left to even the score and the Deacons missed a three on their end to send the game to a second overtime.

The Eagles took and 83-80 lead in the second overtime but a Douglas three-pointer from the wing and a Garcia lay-in off another nice pass from Williams gave the Deacs an 85-83 lead with 2:40 to play. Both teams hit a pair of free throws over the next minute and a half leaving Wake in front 87-85 with a minute left. Douglas hoisted a three-pointer that missed but Williams grabbed the rebound and put-it back up and in to push the lead to 89-95 with 27 seconds to play.

The Deacons then hit their free throws in the closing seconds to seal a 92-87 victory.

Wake Forest returns home for a pair of games. The Deacs host Miami on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 27. The game on Thursday will be shown on RSN.

 

 

 

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