Late First Half Run Gives Deacs 80-60 Victory over Florida A&M
Dec. 4, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After closing out the first half on a 19-5 run and hauling in 19 offensive rebounds for 24 second-chance points, Wake Forest cruised to an 80-60 win over Florida A&M at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Tuesday evening.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 4-5 on the young season, while Florida A&M drops to 2-5.
Lakevia Boykin led the Deacs in scoring with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with three three-pointers. Joining her in double figures for the night were Dearica Hamby (14), Lindsy Wright (12), Chelsea Douglas (11) and Asia Williams (10).
For the game, the Demon Deacons shot 31-of-66 from the field, including an impressive 18-of-30 (60.0 percent) mark in the second half. Aided by strong performances by their big players inside, the Deacs also outrebounded Florida A&M by a 46-34 margin.
Jasmine Grice of the Rattlers led all scorers with 25 points after knocking down 12 of her 21 shots.
After Wake Forest grabbed an early 4-0 advantage on a pair of free throws by Wright and a layup by Douglas, the Rattlers roared back with a 9-2 run to take the lead. Grice hit two jumpers during the spurt that gave Florida A&M its first lead of the night.
The Deacs hit only four of their first 20 shots on the night, a major contributing factor to the close game early in the first half. They remained resilient under the basket after their misses, though, grabbing eight offensive rebounds and scoring nine second-chance points off those opportunities over the first 10 minutes.
Millesa Calicott made two fantastic plays just before the third media timeout of the half. At the 7:55 mark, the sophomore knocked the ball loose from Valerie Marcellus's grasp at halfcourt and gained possession of it while on the move, finishing the play with a layup to put Wake up 24-19. Just 20 seconds later, Calicott and Hamby double-teamed Marcellus once again, resulting in another turnover after Calicott poked the ball loose.
After a hard-fought first 10 minutes, the Demon Deacons blew the game open with a 19-5 run over the final eight and a half minutes of the half. Keyed by five points from Boykin and four more from Wright, the Deacs carried a 38-24 lead into the locker room after holding the Rattlers to just one field goal during the run.
Hamby and Williams came out of the break on fire, combining to score nine of Wake's first 13 points in the second half. A free throw by Walker with 13:51 remaining gave the Demon Deacons their first 20-point lead of the night, 52-32.
Florida A&M clawed back, cutting the lead to 16 at two different points over the next six minutes, but the Rattlers could get no closer than that as the Deacons responded each time. A strong series under the basket by Wright at the 6:25 mark that included two offensive rebounds and a layup made it 66-48, and a jumper by Douglas a minute later re-established the 20-point advantage.
Wake Forest will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Deacs will host Seton Hall at Joel Coliseum at 2:00 p.m. A live stream of the game will be carried on WakeForestSports.com.