Career Nights From Boykin and Hamby Not Enough As Deacs Fall At Illinois 95-82
Nov. 29, 2012
The Deacons dropped their fifth-straight game and are now 2-5 on the year. Illinois improves to 4-2 on the season with the victory.
Boykin had the hot hand from outside, draining a career-high six three pointers and finishing with a career-high 28 points. She was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and grabbed eight rebounds.
Hamby had a tremendous second half, scoring 15 of her career-high 24 points after the break. She also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to record her first career double-double. Hamby was an efficient 10-of-14 from the floor in 38 minutes of action.
Senior Sandra Garcia was in foul trouble most of the night but still managed to finish 11 points and five rebounds. She also became the 19th Demon Deacon to record 1,000 career points as she has now scored 1,006 points in her career.
Junior Chelsea Douglas had a tough night shooting ball, finishing with 12 points on 18 attempts but dished-out a season-high nine assists.
For Illinois, Karisma Penn was 9-of-12 from the floor and 12-of-14 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds. Ivory Crawford had 26 points and Alexis Smith dished-out 14 assists.
Illinois shot 45.7 percent for the game and was 23-of-26 from the free throw line. The Deacs were 46.4 percent from the floor and were 7-of-15 from the beyond the three-point arc. Wake held a slim 40-39 edge on the boards but committed 21 turnovers to just 18 for the Illini.
The teams got off to an even start until a couple of free throws by Smith keyed a 9-0 run for the Illini that gave the hosts a 23-11 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the half. Illinois held a 10-point edge for the next four minutes as the Deacons then picked-up the pressure on the defensive end and started a comeback.
Trailing 33-26 with 5:10 to play in the first half, a free throw and a jumper by Hamby sparked a Deacon run that saw them pull within one at 35-34. The Illini pushed the lead back to five and would hold the advantage into the break, leading 48-42.
Boykin was the key for the Deacs in the first half as she scored 18 points on 7-of-10 from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from deep. Illinois did its damage in the first half from beyond the arc, making 7-of-15 attempts.
The Deacs opened the second half by scoring the first four points and pulling within two but the Illini kept composure and extended the lead right back to eight at 57-49 at the first media timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Wake looked inside to Hamby which jump-started a 7-0 run to pull the Deacs to within one at 57-56.
Illinois again pushed the lead to seven at 67-60 but this time Wake answered with an 8-0 run to take its first lead since early in the game. Hamby, Douglas and Boykin all had buckets during the spurt.
The Deacons took as much as a two-point lead at 70-68 but Illinois hit its first three-pointer of the second half to help reel-off a 13-3 run over the next three minutes that gave the hosts a lead it would not relinquish. Wake got within six on a Douglas lay-in with 2:29 to play but Illinois salted away the game from the free throw line.
Wake Forest will get right back to action on Saturday, Dec. 1, when it opens a three-game home stand against Charleston Southern. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.