Chelsea Douglas cheeses while the Deacs sing the Alma Mater following their 86-67 win over Tech - Dana E. Warren
Wake Forest rides a 21-2 second half run to advance to the ACC quarterfinal round.
GREENSBORO-- Wake Forest erased a 7-point halftime deficit and engineered a 21-2 run to vanquish the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from the ACC Women's Tournament on Thursday evening. The Deacons (13-18, 5-13 ACC) had all five starters score in double figures, led by Lakevia Boykin (21 points), Dearica Hamby (17 points) and Sandra Garcia (10 points, 12 rebounds). The win marked only the second time in ACC Tournament history that a 10 seed has beaten the 7.
Wake Forest prevailed despite another huge night from Georgia Tech's (14-16, 7-11 ACC) Tyaunna Marshall, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Unlike their last meeting (a blowout Yellow Jacket victory in Winston-Salem), Wake Forest was able to hold Sydney Wallace to 10 points, while Roddreka Rogers finished with 4. Rogers is the daughter of Deacon great Rodney Rogers, who was in attendance to watch his daughter play.
Senior Asia Williams opened up the second half with a sense of urgency, scoring 10 quick points before leaving at the 11:47 mark after picking up her fourth foul. Williams was replaced by Millesa Calicott, a sophomore from Winston-Salem's Mount Tabor high school. Calicott finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in nearly 8 minutes of play.
Boykin was 4-7 from three-point range while her backcourt mate Chelsea Douglas was 3-10 from beyond the arc. Hamby was the only other Deacon to get hit a three-pointer, a long jumper from the top of the key, to the delight of the Wake Forest fans in attendance.
"When these gals play off of each other like that, we're just an awfully tough team for anybody to play," head coach Jen Hoover said. "We have five seniors who have done a lot for this program, and they didn't want to go out this way."
Hoover and the Deacs will now turn their attention to Maryland, whom they played last Sunday in the regular season finale. The Terrapins soundly defeated the Deacons 88-61 on Senior Night in College Park, and are a perennial power on the national scene. Friday evening's game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. and be televised on the ACC Network.