Wake Forest Cruises Past Virginia Tech 68-39 on Senior Day
Feb. 26, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Secily Ray tied a career high with 16 rebounds and sophomore Lindsy Wright recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wake Forest women's basketball team to a 68-39 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.
Wake Forest finishes the regular season with a 17-12 record, including a 7-9 mark in ACC action, while Virginia Tech owns a record of 7-22 (3-13 ACC).
Ray also recorded a double-double on the afternoon, scoring 10 points to go along with her 16 rebounds. Chelsea Douglas added 15 points for the Deacs, including a trio of three-pointers, and Lakevia Boykin chipped in with 14 points.
The Deacs outrebounded the Hokies 47-33, including 16-12 on the offensive glass. Wake scored 21 points off 17 Virginia Tech turnovers, and the Deacs scored 17 second chance points to just six for the Hokies.
Wake Forest shot 45 percent from the field from the game, including 39 percent from long range, while holding the Hokies to just 26 percent shooting on the afternoon.
Alyssa Fenyn led Virginia Tech with 14 points and five rebounds, while Monet Tellier added 11 points and four rebounds for the Hokies.
With her 16 rebounds on the day, Ray became just the third player in Wake Forest history to score 1,000 points and collect 800 rebounds, joining former Deacons Tracy Connor and Jenny Mitchell.
The Deacs struggled to score early on, going over four minutes without a basket before Ray finally scored on an offensive rebound and putback at the 15:47 mark to knot the score at two.
After Boykin knocked down a pair of free throws, Douglas nailed a three-pointer at the 14-minute mark and Boykin followed with another trey on Wake Forest's next possession to put the Deacs in front 10-2.
After going nearly eight minutes without a field goal, Larryqua Hall finally nailed a jumper at the 11 minute mark to add to the Hokies' offensive totals, but Douglas responded with a three of her own on the other end to extend the Deacons' lead to 15-4.
Wake Forest continued to shoot well from three-point range, as freshman Millesa Calicott came in off the bench to drill a trey at the 9:17 mark, forcing Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolf to call a timeout.
The Deacs continued to roll on offense throughout the remainder of the first half, scoring effectively both in transition and within offensive sets. Wright proved to be a force inside for the Deacs over the final minutes of the first half, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in the opening period of play.
Wake Forest shot nearly 52 percent in the first half, including 50 percent (5 of 10) from downtown.
After taking a 41-17 lead into the break, Wake Forest came out in the second half and continued to fire on all cylinders offensively. Boykin knocked down a deep three-pointer on the Deacs' first possession of the half to pick up right where she left off after scoring nine points in the first half.
The teams played evenly for the remainder of the half as the Deacs continued to maintain a fairly comfortable lead over the Hokies.
Thomas fired a beautiful pass down court in transition to Wright with just under 11 minutes remaining in the game, and Wright caught it perfectly in stride to lay the ball up and in, putting the Deacs in front 53-28.
The Hokies reeled off a 7-1 run over the next two and a half minutes before Douglas used a nifty series of dribbles to get past two defenders and into the lane for a high-rising floater that touched nothing but net, pushing the Deacs' lead back to 20 at 55-35.
Douglas continued to score at will against the Hokie defense, nailing a step-back jumper from the top of the key with the shot clock winding down at the 5:45 mark to add to the Demon Deacon lead.
Sophomore reserve Erin Hall buried a three-pointer from the left corner with just over a minute remaining, and Collier entered the game for the first time in the closing seconds as every Deacon received playing time on the afternoon.
Wake Forest will enter postseason play this Thursday when they make the short trip to Greensboro, NC, for the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Deacs will likely receive the No. 7 seed and take on No. 10 seed Virginia Tech in the opening round. Official tournament pairings will be announced by the ACC later tonight, following the conclusion of play from around the league today.