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Streak Over: Wake Forest Lady Deacs Upend Virginia

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Wake Forest needs overtime and Lakevia Boykin's 25 points to end 35-year winless streak in Charlottesville, 73-68.

Head Coach Jen Hoover
Head Coach Jen Hoover
Dana E. Warren

Lakevia Boykin scored 25 points and Chelsea Douglas added 20 to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons over Virginia, 73-68. Wake Forest withstood stellar performances from Sarah Imovbioh (18 points, 18 rebounds) and Ataira Franklin (15 points, 5 rebounds) as they recorded the program's first win in Charlottesville since 1978.

The Cavaliers (15-12, 7-9 ACC) had multiple chances to win at the end of regulation after Sandra Garcia missed a layup following a feed from Boykin. However, the Deacon post defense stood tall and Virginia missed three attempts at a basket as time ran out in regulation. The Cavaliers owned the glass, especially on the offensive end where they held an 18-7 edge.

Boykin was 5-9 from 3-point range for the Deacons (12-16, 5-11 ACC), none more important than a bomb from the top of the key with 22 seconds remaining in overtime. Wake Forest also got valuable contributions in the post, as Garcia (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Dearica Hamby (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks) helped to create 19 Virginia turnovers. Senior guard Asia Williams failed to score, but tied her career-high mark of 10 assists originally set at Duke on February 17.

Monday's game was marked the third straight game in double figures for Boykin and Garcia, while Douglas has scored in double figures in all but four games this season. Williams has now recorded 16 rebounds and 28 assists in the last three games.

The game was a back-and-forth affair all night, going to overtime after a Garcia layup (assisted by Williams) eerily reminiscent of their overtime win at Boston College. Virginia took a 65-64 lead on a Faith Randolph 3-point basket with 3:01 remaining, but the Deacons answered a minute later on another Williams-to-Garcia exchange.

After a Hamby basket with 1:22 left gave Wake Forest a 3-point lead, the Cavaliers' China Crosby was fouled and went to the line to pull the Wahoos within one. She made one of two shots and the Deacons drove down the floor with less than a minute remaining. As the shot clock wore down, Boykin missed a 3-point attempt but Mykala Walker tracked down the rebound and the Deacons were able to reset. Boykin got another opportunity at a 3-pointer and made the most of it.

Virginia next travels to meet North Carolina State on Thursday night in Raleigh. The Deacons will meet Virginia Tech at home on Thursday, which will also be Senior Night. Wake Forest will honor the senior class prior to the 6:30 p.m. tip-off at Joel Coliseum.