Big Run Lifts Virginia Past Wake Forest 69-64
Jan. 27, 2013
A 17-2 first half run gave Virginia the cushion it needed to hold of Wake Forest 69-64 Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.
The win improves Virginia to 14-6 on the year and 6-3 in the ACC. Wake falls to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Senior Asia Williams led four Deacons in double-figures with 15 points. She was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, both career highs. Chelsea Douglas finished with 14 points and a team-high five assists while Sandra Garcia and Lakevia Boykin each finished with 10 points.
For Virginia, junior Ataira Franklin was 7-of-14 from the floor and finished with a game-high 23 points. Kelsey Wolfe was 3-of-3 from long range and notched 13 points while China Crosby chipped-in with 11 and five assists.
Virginia shot over 45 percent from the floor and was 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Deacons hit 41 percent of their shots and out-rebounded the Cavaliers 32-27. But the difference in the game was turnovers. Wake Forest committed a season-high 27 turnovers and Virginia converted them in 26 points.
The Deacons scored the first four points of the game and after Douglas' second three-pointer, Wake led 19-14 midway through the first half. But that's when Virginia sank back into a 2-3 zone and the Deacon offence went stale. Wake scored just two field goals the rest of the half and Virginia would end the half on a 19-4 run to lead 33-23 at the break.
Douglas led the Deacons with 12 points in opening half. Wake shot over 41 percent but had 14 turnovers compared to 11 for UVA.
Virginia got a pair of three-pointers from Wolfe and used an 8-0 run to build its largest lead of the game at 51-32 with 11:20 to play. The Deacons weren't able to cut into the lead over the next six minutes and still trailed by 18 with 5:22 to go.
Williams' first three-pointer of the game got the Deacons started and they would eventually get within ten at 62-52 with 1:12 left. Two more three-pointers by Williams, coupled with a pair of Virginia turnovers, allowed the Deacs to sneak within five points on three different occasions in the final 34 seconds. But that was as close as Wake would get as the Hoos hit their free throws down the stretch to preserve at 69-64 victory.
Wake Forest will now head out on the road to take on Georgia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 31. The game is set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. from the new McCamish Pavilion.