Deacs Hold Off Musketeers, 62-57
Dec. 4, 2017

Final Stats

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Wake Forest women’s basketball team held off a late run by Xavier to claim a 62-57 victory Monday (Dec. 4) inside the Cintas Center.

Four Demon Deacons (4-5) scored in double figures, led by Ariel Stephenson’s game-high 18 points. Elisa Penna added 14 in her first start of the season as the junior works back from a preseason injury and Amber Campbell and Alex Sharp each added 11 for the Deacs.

For the sixth time in nine games this year, the Deacs outrebounded their opponent, owning a 39-33 advantage on the glass over Xavier (4-2). Sharp led the rebounding effort, collecting nine to fall one board shy of a double-double.

The Deacs had to withstand an 18-1 run by Xavier which spanned the closing minutes of the third quarter and opening minutes of the final period of play. The final bucket of the Musketeer run gave Xavier its first lead of the game at 53-52 with 4:40 to play. Wake Forest remained calm, trading baskets with Xavier before scoring the final six points of the game to close out the five-point victory.

Wake Forest dominated much of the first three quarters of play, as the Black and Gold eventually built a 16-point lead late in the third quarter. After heading into halftime with a 35-28 lead, Wake Forest used a 9-2 run to open the second half to push its lead to 14. Penna, Sharp and Stephenson all scored three points for the Deacs in the run. Campbell would add the final four points of the quarter for Wake to extend the lead to 16 before the Musketeers started their run.

 

 

The Demon Deacons shot a season-best 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line while limiting Xavier to just 1-of-5 shooting from the charity stripe.

After playing five of its last six games on the road, Wake Forest returns home to start a three-game homestand. The Deacs will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 7 to take on in-state foe Appalachian State. Tip-off inside the LJVM Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.

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