Hot Shooting Leads Marist Past Wake Forest 81-66
Nov. 24, 2012
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Marist made 12 three pointers en route to posting an 81-66 victory over Wake Forest on the final night of the 2012 Paradise Jam.
The Demon Deacons went 0-3 in the tournament and are now 2-4 on the year. With the win, Marist improves to 3-3 this season.
Senior Sandra Garcia led the Demon Deacons with a season-high 20 points and seven rebounds on the night. She was 9-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-2 from behind the arc.
For the Red Foxes, Elizabeth Beynnon led four players in double-figures with 20 points. Kristina Danella finished with 18 points and was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
For the game, Marist was 12-of-28 from behind the three-point line and shot an even 50 percent (28-of-56) overall. Wake Forest also shot well, 28-of-59 (47 percent), but committed 15 turnovers compared to just six from Marist.
For the third-straight night, the opponent came out of the gate on fire and raced to a lead. Marist made four of its first five shot attempts and took a 9-2 lead just three minutes in. After taking a 21-11 lead, Marist cooled-off a bit and the Deacs slowly chipped away. Senior Patrice Johnson came off the bench and scored six-straight points to pull Wake within four at 21-17 with five minutes to play in the half.
Mykala Walker made a nice move in the post to bring Wake within two at 29-27 but Marist finished the half on a 5-1 run to take a 34-28 lead into the break. Johnson and Garcia each had eight points at halftime to lead the Deacs.
Marist took advantage of three Wake Forest turnovers at the start of the second half and pushed the lead out to 14 points at 47-33, forcing a Demon Deacon timeout. Marist held that 14-point edge until a lay-in by Hamby cut the lead to 54-42. Danella then caught fire from long range, hitting three three-pointers and converting one of them into a 4-point play to help shove the Red Fox lead out to 67-49 with under eight minutes to play.
Wake Forest never threatened the rest of the way and fell 81-66.
The Demon Deacons will head back to the States to take on Illinois as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 29. The game is set to tip-off at 8 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.