Wake Forest Holds On For 71-70 Win At American
Nov. 29, 2015
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wake Forest held off a late rally by American to earn its first road win of the season, 71-70, on Sunday at Bender Arena. The Demon Deacons took a 14-point lead in to the final quarter before the Eagles fought all the way back to a one-point game.
American outscored Wake Forest 22-9 in the final quarter but Wake Forest held on for the 71-70 road win. With 13 seconds to play Destini Walker made two free throws to give Wake Forest a 69-63 lead. American's Michelle Holmes scored a layup with five seconds on the clock. The Eagles then forced a turnover on the inbound pass and Holmes scored again to make it a 69-67 game.
Amber Campbell made two free throws at the other end before American's Ari Booth drained a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in the game. Wake Forest called timeout with the 71-70 lead, got the ball in and held on for the victory.
The Demon Deacons improve to 5-1 on the season while American remains winless at 0-6. Wake Forest earned its first true road win since Feb. 9, 2014, a 74-70, win at Pitt. The Deacs have five neutral site wins in that stretch.
Kortni Simmons led four Demon Deacons in double-digit scoring with 18 points. Campbell finished with 12 points and Ariel Stephenson chipped in 11 points. Ataijah Taylor added 10 points. Keyonna Allen led the Deacs with seven rebounds.
Both teams led during the opening quarter but neither team could take control of the game as the score stayed within five points for the 10-minute period. Wake Forest took a 21-18 lead in to the second quarter and took control of the game. A layup from Simmons started a 6-0 run for the Deacs that gave Wake Forest a 35-25 lead with 5:11 to play in the second quarter.
The Demon Deacons built the lead to 14, 41-27, with 1:40 to play in the opening period. American closed the second quarter on a 4-0 run to make the score 41-31 at the half. The Deacons went 9-of-12 at the free-throw line in the second quarter.
Wake Forest maintained the double-digit lead throughout the third quarter. Simmons knocked down a long 3-pointer to end the third quarter and the Deacons took a 62-48 lead in to the final period.
American kept fighting back in to the game and cut the lead to 64-57 on a three-point play by Lauren Crisler with 4:35 remaining in the game. Two minutes later Crisler hit a jumper to make it a five-point game, 64-59.
Simmons snapped a six-minute scoreless drought for the Demon Deacons with a free throw. American went back down the court and Michelle Holmes made a layup with 46 seconds to play that made it a 65-61 lead for Wake Forest. The Eagles fought all the way back to a one-point deficit but ran out of time and Wake Forest held on for the 71-70 win.
For the fourth time in six games this season all eight Demon Deacons that played in the game scored for Wake Forest.
Wake Forest will take part in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge during the 2015-16 season when it hosts Wisconsin at LJVM Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. This will be the second all-time meeting between the Demon Deacons and Badgers with Wake Forest taking a 26-point road win (93-67) back on Dec. 28, 1992. In the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Deacs overall hold a 2-4 record after dropping an 83-69 decision last season to Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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