Deacons Take Care Of Tusculum 65-40 In Exhibition Finale
Nov. 7, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Secily Ray scored 10 points to lead the Wake Forest women's basketball team past Tusculum 65-40 Monday night at the Joel Coliseum. The game was the exhibition final tune-up for the Demon Deacons before opening the regular season next Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Ray was the only Demon Deacon on the night to reach double-figures. She finished with 10 points, five rebounds and a couple of steals. Twelve of the 14 Demon Deacons who played in the game registered at least one point. Junior Lakevia Boykin chipped-in with nine points and senior point guard Brooke Thomas added eight points, four steals and two assists.
Wake forced 31 Tusculum turnovers on the night and held the Pioneers to just 29 percent from the floor. Guard Kendal Baxter made a pair of three-pointers in the second half and finished the game with a team-high 10 points for the Pioneers.
Just like in the first exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne, the Deacon flew out of the gate and scored 14 of the game's first 15 points. Wake would eventually build as much as a 15-point lead at 18-3 just over six minutes into the contest.
Tusculum then shook off the early jitters and would cut the lead to 10 at 18-8 but an Erin Hall three-pointer from the corner sparked a 15-6 run Wake Forest run to again push the advantage back out to 19 at 33-14 with just under three minutes to play in the half. The teams would trade free throws the rest of the opening stanza and the Deacs would take a 37-19 advantage into the break.
The Deacs shot 43 percent from the floor in the opening half and forced 15 Tusculum turnovers. Ray led all scorers at the break with 10 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Thomas and Boykin each had three points in the first four minutes of the second half but the Deacs weren't able to add to their lead. After Boykin's breakaway lay-in at the 17:56 mark, Wake went over six minutes without a field goal and the Pioneers would trim the lead to 15 at 45-30.
A rebound and put-back by Hamby stopped the drought and her lay-in 30 seconds later would give the Deacs a 49-31 edge with just under 11 minutes to play in the game. After Tusculum cut the lead to 16, another Hamby lay-up jumped start a Wake run that would put the game out of reach. The Deacs scored 15 of the next 17 points over a seven minute span to take a 62-33 lead at the final media timeout.
Baxter made a couple of deep three-pointers down the stretch but the Deacons would salt away the final minutes for a 65-40 victory.
Wake Forest will have a week to prepare for its regular season opener which is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Monmonth. That game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on WakeForestSports.com.