Defensive Pressure Propels Deacons To 77-54 Victory Over Nevada
Dec. 31, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored 36 points off a season-high 33 turnovers and cruised past visiting Nevada 77-54 Monday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.
The win was the seventh-straight at home for the Deacons who improve to 7-6 on the season. Nevada drops its third-straight and is now 5-7 overall.
Wake Forest junior point guard Chelsea Douglas broke out of a minor shooting slump to lead all scorers with 22 points. That was the second-most points in her career behind a 23-point effort in the season-opener against Coppin State.
A total of four Demon Deacons scored in double-figures as senior Asia Williams notched 13 points and Lakevia Boykin and Dearica Hamby each finished with 12 points. Williams also dished-out six assists while Hamby had a team-high six rebounds.
Mykala Walker gave the Deacons solid minutes off the bench as she finished with six points, five rebounds and a career-high five steals.
Chanelle Brennan was the lone member of the Wolf Pack to finish in double-figures with 10 points. Mimi Mungedi finished with six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The 33 turnovers forced by the Deacs led to 30 fastbreak points which was a season-high. Wake also had a season-high nine blocks in the game, led by a career-high tying three from Walker.
Nevada jumped out quick, hitting its first two three-pointers and grabbing a 14-7 lead at the first media timeout. Wake Forest then made its next six shots, including a three-pointer from Boykin and a jumpers from Douglas and Sandra Garcia to take a 20-19 lead. The Deacon run continued as a Walker lay-in sparked an 11-2 Deacon run that gave the hosts a 30-21 advantage with under seven minutes left in the half. Williams had five points during the run, including an old-fashioned three-point play. She then capped the first half with a lay-in as the clock was winding down and the Deacs headed the break with a 35-27 lead.
Wake shot over 45 percent in the opening half and forced 17 Wolf Pack turnovers. Williams lead all scorers with nine points at the break while Douglas and Boykin each had eight.
The Deacons opened the second half on a 12-5 run and pushed the lead out to 47-32 just four minutes into the half. After three Nevada free throws cut the deficit back to 10 points, Wake mounted a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to take full control of the game. Williams and Walker each had four points during the run which gave the Deacs a 59-39 advantage.
Wake Forest held the 20-point edge the rest of the way and allowed head coach Jen Hoover to use all 12 players on the roster. Freshman Christelle Shembo scored the first points of her Demon Deacon career in the second half while fellow freshman Kandice Ball scored two points and grabbed five rebounds in just five minutes of action.
The Demon Deacons have closed-out non-conference play and will resume ACC-play on Sunday, Jan. 6, when they host NC State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from the Joel Coliseum.