Balanced Attack Leads Deacons To 77-57 Victory Over Charleston Southern
Dec. 1, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Seven Demon Deacon scored at least eight points as Wake Forest snapped a five-game losing streak with a 77-57 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.
The Deacons improve to 3-5 on the season while CSU drops to 3-3.
Junior Lindsy Wright had a solid game with eight points and a season-high nine rebounds while sophomore Dearica Hamby followed her career-night at Illinois with nine points and six rebounds on Saturday. Fellow sophomore Millesa Calicott had a career-game against the Buccaneers as she scored nine points, dished-out four assists, had four steals and played 23 minutes, all career-highs.
Three Buccaneers scored in double-figures led by Lakeitha Alston and DJ Fowler with 14 points apiece. Shay Jones chipped-in with 11 points and three rebounds.
The Wake Forest defense broke open a close game early in the second half. The Deacs forced a total of 25 turnovers in the game and converted them into 29 points. Wake also held the edge on the boards 40-31 and scored 48 points inside compared to just 22 for CSU.
The first half was played fairly close as the Buccaneers led for the first eight minutes until a three-pointer by Douglas gave the Deacs their first lead of the game at 14-11. CSU took the lead right back and was ahead 23-20 with just over six minutes to play until the half when a nice dish by Williams to Sandra Garcia sparked a run for the Deacons. Wake would close the half on a 15-2 run to take a 35-25 lead at the break. Calicott scored five points during the run while Hamby added four.
The Deacs kept the pressure on at the start of the second half and pushed the lead out to 41-27 on lay-ups by Garcia and Patrice Johnson as well as a jumper by Douglas. But CSU responded by scoring the next six points to cut the lead to eight at 41-33. That would be when the Deacon defense kicked into action and sparked another 14-0 run over the next two and a half minutes to put the game out of reach. That spurt gave Wake Forest a 21-point lead at 54-33 with 14:27 to play and the lead never dipped below 20 the rest of the way.
For the game, Wake Forest shot 47.8 percent while holding CSU to just 37.3 percent from the floor. The Deacons have now dished-out 44 assists in the last two games after recording just 41 assists in the three games combined at the Virgin Islands.
Wake Forest continues its home stand on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when it host Florida A&M at 6:30 p.m. Fans that five canned goods to the game will receive free admission. Parking is also free for all women's basketball games this season.