TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team fell to Wake Forest, 80-72, on Thursday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Wake Forest guard Lakevia Boykin scored a career-high 34 points and the Demon Deacons used a 16-2 run in the second half to take control of the contest.
The Seminoles (12-3, 2-2 in the ACC) committed a season-high 23 turnovers, which Wake Forest (9-6, 2-1) turned into 33 points.
“Credit Wake Forest,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “They made this an extremely scrappy game. They hit the boards hard. We didn’t counter with any kind of box outs. I thought that’s where it all started - their effort on the offensive glass. They did a great job I thought of changing up defenses and we did a terrible job of adjusting to that. We really just threw the ball into their hands way too many times.”
The Seminoles cut an 11-point deficit to 2 on a trey by senior guard Leonor Rodriguez with 2:49 left in the game.
On Wake Forest’s next possession forward Dearica Hamby made a layup while getting fouled. She missed the free throw, but teammate Sandra Garcia snagged the rebound and guard Chelsea Douglas buried a pair of free throws to put the Deacons in front 73-67 with 2:10 left.
Rodriguez nearly hit another three with the Seminoles down 6 just under the two-minute mark, but the shot rattled out.
For the Noles, senior forward Chelsea Davis matched her career-best with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while Rodriguez scored 20 points and dished a season-best seven assists.
Junior forward Natasha Howard recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Hamby scored 23 points, while Douglas added 14 points for the Demon Deacons.
Back-to-back layups by Hamby put Wake Forest up 65-54 and forced Semrau to call a timeout with 6:57 remaining in the game.
The Seminoles closed the gap to 3 on consecutive layups by senior Alexa Deluzio and Howard with five minutes remaining. Hamby answered with a layup 30 seconds later, but Howard made another layup before Rodriguez’s three that got the Seminoles as close as they’d get.
The Seminoles withstood a 19-point effort by Boykin before the break to take a 36-33 lead into halftime.
Boykin scored the Demon Deacons final 13 points of the first half. She hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Wake Forest a 26-21 lead with 6:18 left in the first frame. Her four straight points two minutes later put the Deacons ahead 30-24.
The Seminoles responded with 11 consecutive points.
Florida State led by as many as 8, 46-38, after Deluzio hit a three with 16:31 left in the game.
Wake Forest responded with a 9-0 run to take a 47-46 lead after Boykin hit her fourth three, and she and Douglas each connected on layups.
A pair of layups by Hamby and a Boykin score in a 52-second span came in the midst of a 16-2 run by the Deacons and gave Wake Forest a 63-54 lead with 7:34 left.
“Boykin played great,” Semrau said. “Maybe we took the lead for granted, but certainly they evaporated that lead very quickly. I thought we were going on a run a couple different times where we could maybe get some confidence and lock down defensively on the boards. Credit to them, I thought they did a great job.”
Sunday’s Contest vs. No. 24 Miami
Fans can get into the game for just $3 with a church bulletin as part of “Faith and Family Day.” Fans can also attend for $3 with a ticket from Saturday’s men’s basketball game. All fans are invited to an FCA rally following the game at the south end of the court.
As part of the ACC’s Regional Sports Network deal, the game will be televised live on FS South, FS Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS Arizona Plus, FS Detroit Plus, FS North Plus, FS San Diego and FSU Prime Ticket. Tom Herme and Christy Winters Scott will be on the call