Deacons Hold On For 64-63 Victory Over Seton Hall
Dec. 8, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Asia Williams' free throw with less than a second remaining gave Wake Forest a narrow 64-63 victory over Seton Hall Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.
Wake Forest wins its third-straight game and evens its record at 5-5. Seton Hall falls to 3-6 on the season.
After a well-played first half, the Deacons had a rough second half but relied on its seniors Lakevia Boykin and Asia Williams to steady the ship down the stretch. Boykin finished with a game-high 22 points and was 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Williams scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished-out a career-high seven assists. Williams scored the final three points of the game for the Deacs.
For Seton Hall, Ka-Deidre Simmons led four Pirates in double-figures with 18 points while also dishing-out six assists. Janee Johnson scored 14 points, Brittany Morris had 12 points and Alexis Brown finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Wake Forest played a solid first half and forced nine Seton Hall turnovers which led to 15 points. But the Pirates only committed four turnovers and shot nearly 47 percent in the second half to get back in the game. Seton Hall held a 38-37 edge on the boards and the turnovers were even at 13-13.
The Demon Deacons got off to a great start, holding Seton Hall scoreless for the first 3:55 of the game and built a 7-0 lead. The Pirates slowly chipped-away and eventually tied the score at 18-18 with under eight minutes to play in the half. Seton Hall took its first lead on a lay-in by Johnson at the 4:58 mark but the Deacons responded with another 6-0 run to retake a 25-20 lead with just over three minutes left.
The Deacons' run continued as a lay-in by Williams a three-pointer and lay-in by Boykin pushed the lead to 32-20 with 2:10 left. Wake wound-up closing the half on a 15-4 run over the last five minutes and led 34-24 at the break. Boykin led all scorers with 13 points while Wright tied her previous season-high with nine rebounds in the first half alone.
Seton Hall took advantage of some sloppy play by the Deacs at the onset of the second half and went on a 16-4 run over the first 4:30 to grab a 40-38 lead. Douglas ended the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Wake Forest the lead right back at 41-40.
Neither team took more than a three-point lead for the next six and a half minutes until a jumper from Simmons and a three-pointer from Morris gave the Pirates their largest lead of the game at 56-52 with 8:16 left to play. Wake then answered with lay-ups from Walker and Boykin to even the score at 56-56.
The teams traded leads back and forth down the stretch. The key moment for the Deacons came with 2:00 minutes remaining. With the shot clock running down, Williams stepped inside the arc and knocked down a running left-handed shot to give the Deacons a 63-61 lead. Seton Hall then missed a pair of shots on their end but forced a Deacon turnover with 43 seconds left to regain possession. The Pirates didn't let this one slip as Johnson made a couple of fakes inside and was able to convert a short jumper to even the score with 18 seconds left. That setup a final possession for the Deacs.
After a timeout, Douglas held the ball at the top of the key and then started downhill with nine seconds left. She drove to the middle, hit Williams on the wing, who then went to the middle and was fouled with less than a second remaining. She made the first free throw and then missed the second, giving the Deacs a 64-63 victory.
Wake Forest remains perfect at home, winning all five contests. The Demon Deacons will break next week for final exams then have another week off to prepare for ACC play. Wake will head to Blacksburg, Va., to open conference action against Virginia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.