Stop me if you've heard this one before:
A team from Wake Forest University travels to Tallahassee as heavy underdogs, only to leave victorious. Thursday night, it was the Wake Forest women's basketball team that wrote the story, defeating the 18th ranked Seminoles 80-72 before 2,436 at the Tucker Center. Senior Lakevia Boykin made the most of her final trip to Florida State, scoring a career-high 34 points to lead the Deacons.
Boykin's barrage was seconded by yet another strong performance from sophomore Dearica Hamby, who dropped in 23 points while grabbing 6 rebounds and redirecting 3 FSU shot attempts. Junior point guard Chelsea Douglas continued to emerge as a top ACC point guard, dishing out 8 assists to go along with her 14 points. Additionally, while the Deacs lost the overall rebounding battle 39-38, they beat the Seminoles on the all-important offensive boards 19-14.
Once again, Wake Forest started their offense with their defense and turned the 'Noles over 23 times, leading to 33 Deacon points. The Deacons, who have an affinity for running, scored 17 points off the fast break while once again dominating the paint with 44 points. Wake Forest shot 73 percent from the charity stripe for the game, with Lakevia Boykin draining 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Next up for the Deacs is fourth-ranked Duke, who come to Winston-Salem with a spotless 13-0 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake Forest will be hard-pressed to continue its four-game winning streak, but preseason games with Connecticut and Purdue make the Deacs no stranger to the upper echelons of college basketball.