Women's Hoops Falls to No. 22 Delaware 70-57
Brooke Thomas totaled a team-high four steals against Delaware
Brooke Thomas totaled a team-high four steals against Delaware

Dec. 11, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team dropped a 70-57 decision to No. 22 Delaware (8-0) on Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. It was just the second home loss of the season for the Deacs, as they now fall to 7-2 overall.

Three players scored in double figures for the Deacs, led by starting point guard Chelsea Douglas with 15 points, including four of seven from three-point range.

Sandra Garcia and Secily Ray each scored 10 points apiece, and sophomore Lindsy Wright grabbed a team-high eight rebounds on the day. Senior Brooke Thomas totaled a game-high four steals to go along with six points and one assist.

Delaware's preseason All-American Elena Delle Donne led all players with 30 points and 13 rebounds, including a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe. Delle Donne also collected three assists, three blocks, and two steals in 39 minutes of play.

Lauren Carra was the only other Blue Hen to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points.

Delaware scored 23 points off 21 Demon Deacon turnovers and also had 19 second chance points. However, the Wake Forest bench outscored the Blue Hens 23-5, led by Garcia's 10 points.

The teams shot nearly equal percentages from the field, with Delaware shooting 35 percent and the Deacs shooting 37 percent, including a season-high 43.8 percent (7-16) from three-point range.

Delaware started out strong offensively behind nine straight points from Delle Donne, including a deep three-pointer from the top of the key. Douglas responded with a three of her own at the 16:03 mark, but guard Trumae Lucas would nail another three to push the Delaware lead back to 14-6.

Once the Deacs settled down and found an offensive rhythm, the teams played relatively even for the remainder of the half. Thomas came off the bench to provide much-needed energy for Wake Forest, nailing a jumper on the right wing followed by a steal and lay-up on the other end to pull the Deacs to within 19-16 with 11:45 to play in the half.

Wake Forest pulled within one point at 19-18, but a pair of free throws from Delle Donne and a three-pointer from Lucas pushed the Blue Hens' lead back to 24-20.

Graduate student Camille Collier entered the game off the bench for the Deacs to knock down a pair of three-pointers, and Ray completed a driving lay-up on the right side to pull Wake Forest back within two at the 4:45 mark.

The Deacs finally gained their first lead of the game at 34-33 when Douglas nailed a shot from downtown with 1:50 remaining. Ray followed with a steal and a fastbreak lay-up to give the Deacs their biggest lead at 36-33, including a 13-3 run since the 5:52 mark.

Delle Donne responded with an old fashioned three-point play to even the score at 36 entering the break.

The teams continued to play evenly coming out of the break, and a lay-up by Ray at the 13:56 mark once again knotted the score at 46 apiece. After that point, Delaware exploded on an 18-3 run, led primarily by team captain Delle Donne.

The Blue Hens achieved their largest lead of the game, 15 points, with 4:28 remaining in the game, but the Deacs would cut it back down to 10 after a three-pointer and a free throw by Douglas with just under two minutes remaining.

The Deacs will break for exams this week and return to action next Sunday, Dec. 18, when they host Howard at 6:30 p.m. in the Joel Coliseum.

 

 

 

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