Deacons Fall Short Against No. 12 Purdue 67-53
Nov. 23, 2012
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - After a slow start, Wake Forest made a second half run but No. 12 Purdue withstood the challenge and pulled away for a 67-53 victory on the second night of the Paradise Jam.
The Demon Deacons fall to 2-3 on the season with the loss while Purdue remains undefeated at 5-0.
Wake Forest trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half but cut the lead to one a couple of different occasions in the second half. Purdue never gave up the lead however and would pull out the hard-fought victory.
Junior Chelsea Douglas led the way for the Deacons with 16 points and five assists. She was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Dearica Hamby finished with 12 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
All five Purdue starters finished in double-figures, led by Sam Ostarello who had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Both teams shot 41 percent from the floor and the turnovers were fairly close but the big difference came on the boards as Purdue grabbed 40 rebounds compared to just 29 for the Deacs.
Purdue came out on fire from beyond the arc early, making three of its first five three-pointers to build a 13-4 lead just five minutes into the game. The Deacons cut the lead to seven with a Douglas three-pointer but the Boilermakers continued to shoot well and pushed the lead out to as many as 12 at 22-10 with under 10 minutes to play in the opening half.
The Purdue lead swelled to as many as 16 at 29-13 but the Deacs chipped away and used a great 7-0 run over the last two minutes of the half to head into the locker room trailing just 34-27. Douglas had a lay-in and an old-fashioned three-point play during the spurt.
Douglas led all scorers at the break with 13 points as the Deacs shot 44 percent from the floor as a team and 43 percent from behind the arc. Purdue shot 48 percent and turned the Deacons' 12 turnovers into 19 points.
The Deacs came out of the gate quick in the second half with a three-pointer from Douglas and a jumper from Garcia to pull to within two at 34-32. Purdue held strong as the Deacs cut the margin to one a couple of occasions.
The big moment in the game came when Wake pulled to within 47-46 with just over nine minutes left. KK Houser went to the hole and made contact with Garcia on her jumper. The ball went in and she got the foul call on Garcia for a three-point play. Houser then knocked-down a three-pointer on the next possession to shove the Purdue lead out to 53-46 with 8:40 to play.
The Deacons never got closer than six points the rest of the way. Purdue played strong defense and forced Wake into shots late in the shot clock and closed out the game for a 67-53 victory.
Wake Forest will conclude the Paradise Jam on Saturday evening as it takes on Marist. Tip-off is set for the 6 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on www.paradisejam.com.