Women's Basketball Shatters Attendance Record in Win Over Jacksonville
Dec. 14, 2015
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In front of a program-record crowd of 8,849, the Wake Forest women's basketball team picked up a 57-51 win over Jacksonville at the LJVM Coliseum on Monday.
The game's attendance number shattered the school's previous women's basketball record of 5,342, set on Jan. 27, 2006 when the Deacons hosted North Carolina.
The game was the Demon Deacons' first in eight days. Wake Forest improved to 6-3, while the Dolphins fell to 5-5 on the year with the loss.
Amber Campbell and Kortni Simmons shared the Wake Forest lead in scoring with 13 points apiece. Ariel Stephenson joined Campbell and Simmons in double figures with 10 points, while Milan Quinn scored nine and led the way with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Kandice Ball finished with 10 rebounds.
Neither team was able to build a lead of more than three points in a tightly contested first half. The Demon Deacons held a 13-12 advantage after the first quarter, but Jacksonville went into halftime with a 25-24 edge.
Ball paced the Deacs with five points and seven rebounds at the break.
The Demon Deacons wasted little time regaining the lead in the second half.
A Stephenson 3-pointer to kick off the third quarter sparked a 6-0 run that put Wake Forest in front, 30-25. The Dolphins rallied to tie the score at 32, but Campbell sunk a 3-pointer of her own to give the Deacons a lead they would not relinquish.
In the closing seconds of the third quarter, Campbell blocked a Sherranda Reddick shot attempt, collected the rebound and scored off the fast break to put the hosts up by a 40-34 margin, their largest lead of the game to that point.
The Deacs led by as many as nine in the fourth quarter and kept Jacksonville at bay to register their fifth home win of the year.
Simmons scored 11 of her 13 points and Quinn pulled down eight of her 12 rebounds in the final 20 minutes.
Wake Forest resumes play Friday night with a road contest against Coastal Carolina and returns home on Sunday to take on Richmond at 2 p.m.
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