|Demon Deacons Down Seahawks, 68-44|
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – Junior Dearica Hamby posted game highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds to record her fifth straight double-double and lead Wake Forest to a 68-44 victory over UNCW in collegiate women’s basketball action Monday at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons improved to 6-4 overall with the victory while the Seahawks, facing their third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent this season, slipped to 1-9.
Hamby was 7-of-9 from the floor to spark a Demon Deacon attack that shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the floor for the contest. Redshirt freshman Kelila Atkinson was the only Wake Forest player to join Hamby in double figures as she finished with 14.
Junior Kelva Atkins tallied 13 points to lead UNCW, who shot a chilly 29.5 percent (18-of-61) from the field and just 4-of-18 (.222) from 3-point range for the game. Freshman Amber Reeves finished just shy of a double-double with season-highs of nine points and nine rebounds while freshman D'Asia Cain pulled down a season-high nine boards.
Holding a 20-18 lead midway through the first half, a layup by freshman Jill Brunori sparked Wake Forest to a 16-2 spurt that spanned just 2:39 and gave the Demon Deacons a 36-20 cushion with 4:01 remaining in the first half.
Leading 37-24 at the break, the Demon Deacons maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half, using a 16-4 run midway through the frame to build a 60-36 cushion with 6:23 remaining.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from the Seahawks temporarily halted Wake Forest's momentum, but the Demon Deacons rattled off eight straight points to take their largest lead of the game, 68-42, with just over a minute remaining. A layup by freshman Johanna McMillan with 26 seconds on the clock determined the final 24-point margin.
UNCW returns to action Thursday when it hosts Liberty in an 11:30 a.m. matinee as part of “Seahawks Tomorrow.” Wake Forest is back on the court Saturday with a 7 p.m. contest against South Alabama.
- Monday’s contest served as the ninth meeting between the two programs. Wake Forest improved to 9-0 in the all-time series. Monday’s game also marked the sixth time in nine meetings that the two teams have squared off in Winston-Salem.
- UNCW moved to 3-27 all-time and 0-3 this season members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- The Seahawks shot below 30 percent from the floor for the third time this season and the first time in four games.
- Both teams shot 50 percent or lower from the free-throw line as UNCW was 4-of-8 (.500) while Wake Forest was 12-of-25 (.480). The four free throws made and eight free throws attempted represented season lows in both categories.
- Wake Forest held a 42-22 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 22-12 advantage in the first half.
- Both teams committed more than 20 turnovers in the contest as UNCW was charged with a season-high 26 turnovers while Wake Forest committed 22 miscues in the game.
- Wake Forest’s bench out-scored UNCW’s reserves by a 29-7 margin, including a 19-4 margin in the second half.
- Wake Forest never trailed in the contest as the Seahawks failed to take a lead in a game for the fifth time this season.
- UNCW recorded double figure steals for the fifth time this season as it finished with 11 thefts.
3 – Kelva Atkins
- Reached double figures in points for the 10th time this season and the 26th time in her career. Has reached double figures in each of the last 16 games dating back to the end of last season.
- Led team in scoring for the ninth time this season and the 15th time in her career.
- Played all 40 minutes of the game for the fifth time this season.
- Matched her season high with five steals as she recorded three or more steals in a game for the ninth time this season.
22 – Amber Reeves
- Established a new season high in points with nine, breaking old mark of eight set on three previous occasions.
- Established a new season high for rebounds with nine, shattering old mark of six set on two previous occasions.
25 – D’Asia Cain
- Established a new season high for rebounds with nine, breaking previous season high of seven set at Richmond on Dec. 7.