Hamby's 25 Leads Deacons To 84-68 Victory Over Campbell

Dec. 29, 2012

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By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest sophomore Dearica Hamby scored a career-high 25 points and tied a career with 13 rebounds to lead the Demon Deacons to an 84-68 victory over Campbell Saturday afternoon.

The Deacs remain perfect at home and are now 6-6 overall on the season. The loss snaps a five-game win-streak for the Camels and drops them to 9-3 on the year.

Hamby's double-double is the second of her career. She topped her previous career-high for points which was 24 earlier this season at Illinois. The Marietta, Ga., native also tied her career-high with three blocks and had five steals.

Senior Lakevia Boykin scored 19 points and dished-out five assists. She has scored in double-figures and has made three three-pointers in each of the last four games. Fellow senior Asia Williams and junior Chelsea Douglas were the other two Demon Deacons to score in double-figures as Williams finished with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists and Douglas had 13 points, six assists and a career-high seven steals.

Tonisha Baker led the Camels with 16 points while Ashley James notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Campbell held a 48-35 edge on the boards and was 17-of-22 from the free throw line compared to just 13-of-26 for the Deacs. But Wake's aggressiveness in the passing lanes was the difference as the Deacs forced 27 turnovers and had a season-high 22 steals.

The teams played a back and forth first half as the lead changed hands seven times and there was a total of seven ties. The Deacons jumped out 7-4 but the Camels answered with a 7-2 run to take an 11-9 edge at the 13:35 mark. With Campbell in front 19-18, a lay-in by Hamby sparked a 10-1 run for the Deacs to give them their largest lead of the opening half at 28-20. The run was capped by Douglas' second three-pointer of the game.

Hamby later converted an old-fashioned three-point play to push the lead to 35-28 and Wake would eventually take a 35-30 advantage into the locker room. Boykin and Hamby each had nine points at the half for the Deacs. Campbell out-rebounded Wake by nine (24-15) but committed 16 turnovers.

Wake Forest opened the second half on a 6-0 run and eventually pushed the lead to 13 points at 51-38 just five minutes in. Campbell responded with a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes to cut the deficit to just six at 54-48 but a big block by Hamby led to a fastbreak lay-in by Boykin to stop the run.

Campbell hung around and pulled to within seven at 69-62 with 5:17 remaining. Hamby made a couple of free throws and then knocked-down her first three-pointer of the season on the next possession to push the lead back out to 12 with four minutes remaining. That was the spark the Deacs needed as they rode out the last four minutes and pulled away for an 84-68 victory.

The Demon Deacons will close-out the non-conference portion of the schedule on Monday, Dec. 31, when it hosts Nevada at the Joel Coliseum at 2 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.



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