Deacons Hold Of Coppin State For 82-75 Victory

Nov. 11, 2012

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

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior guard Chelsea Douglas scored the final seven points of the game to help the Wake Forest women's basketball team hold off a pesky Coppin State squad 82-75 on Sunday afternoon.

The Deacons win their season opener for the sixth-straight season while Coppin State falls to 1-1 on the year.

With Wake Forest clinging to a slim 75-74 lead, Douglas hit a big three-pointer from the wing to push the margin to four with just under a minute to play. The Rock Hill, S.C., native them went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute to help seal the victory.

Douglas led all scorers with a career-high 23 points. She also tied her career-high with six rebounds and eight free throws made. Senior Lakevia Boykin also had a nice afternoon, netting 17 points and dishing out a career-high seven assists. Fellow senior Asia Williams finished with 14 points and also tied her career-high with six assists.

For Coppin State, Leola Spotwood led the way with 19 points but was held to just four points after halftime. Kyra Coleman was 12-of-18 from the foul line and finished with 18 points and four assists.

Wake shot a solid 45.6 percent (31-of-68) from the floor and was 6-of-15 (40 percent) from behind the three-point arc. Coppin State was the more aggressive team for the majority of the game and held a 41-40 edge on the glass and had 16 turnovers compared to 18 for the Deacons.

Wake Forest scored the first four points of the game but CSU's pressure caused a couple of turnovers and the Eagles took advantage of a couple of second chances and built a 10-4 lead three minutes in. The Eagles held that lead until a Millesa Calicott three-pointer from the corner gave Wake a 27-25 lead.

The teams traded the lead until CSU ran-off four-straight points to take a 39-35 edge with under a minute to play in the half. Boykin made a foul line jumper and held the Eagles on the other end to head into the break trailing 39-37.

Wake Forest shot 48 percent in the opening half but had 11 turnovers which CSU converted into 13 points. Douglas led the Deacs with eight while Spotwood paced all scorers with 15 at the break.

Coppin State rattled-off six-straight points coming out of the locker room to build a 48-43 lead three and a half minutes into the second half. Wake the cranked-up the defensive pressure and used four CSU turnovers to go on an 11-3 run over the next four minutes.

After CSU took a 55-54 lead, Boykin knocked-down a three-pointer in the corner and Wake got layups from Douglas and Williams to take a 61-55 lead with just under nine minutes to play. But the Eagles just wouldn't go away. CSU chipped into the advantage and got to within two at 65-63 at the 4:39 mark. On the Deacons' next possession, Boykin hit a big three-pointer from the corner to push the lead back to 68-63. Once again, CSU clawed back to 70-68 with three minutes left.

Williams then found herself open on the wing for the Deacs and knocked-down her second three-pointer of the game, again giving Wake a five-point edge at 73-68. Payne then countered with a three-ball for Coppin State and after a Deacon turnover, Carter converted a short jumper, making the score 75-74 in favor of the Deacs with just 1:23 remaining.

That's when Douglas took over, scoring the final seven points of the game for the Wake, including a huge three-pointer from the wing, to seal the 82-75 victory.

The Demon Deacon will return to action this Wednesday when they host UNC Wilmington at 6:30 p.m. at the Joel Coliseum.

 

 

 

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