Women’s basketball knocks off Wake Forest, 72-66
The JU women’s basketball team had four players hit double figures en route to knocking off Wake Forest, 72-66, on Friday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

Junior guard Crystal Bell had a game-high 16 points and three steals off the bench to lead the Dolphins (6-3) to their first win over an ACC opponent since downing Miami, 72-64, on Nov. 13, 2007.

The Dolphins shot 44.1 percent from the floor (26-59) with the help of two 12-point efforts from seniors GiGi Thomas and Lynsey Paschal. Thomas also had 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

“This was a good win for us, “said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We played two good full halves and were able to set us up with a chance to win in the end. We have a quick turnaround for Sunday, but I know our team is ready for the challenge.”

The Demon Deacons (5-5) also had four players in double figures with Brooke Thomas and Sandra Garcia each posting a team-high 13 points.

Wake Forest finished shooting 35.2 percent from the floor, while the Dolphins edged the Demon Deacons in rebounds (47-43), fast break points (16-4) and bench points (36-18).

With the scored tied at 47-47 in the second half, the Dolphins used an 11-4 run to pull away with a 58-51 lead on a layup by Paschal (4:51). A layup by Secily Ray for the Demon Deacons would cut the Dolphins lead to 63-59 (1:49).

Wake Forest almost caught a break less than 40 seconds later as Brooke Thomas stole a pass from Thomas and raced to the open hoop, but missed the layup. Thomas was fouled as she rebounded the missed shot for JU and hit two free throws. A jumper from Wake’s Thomas cut the deficit to 66-63 in the final seconds, but JU hit six free throws to pull away with the win.

Boykin added 12 points for the Demon Deacons, while Brittany Waters finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Both teams traded baskets during the early part of the first half before JU used a 14-2 stretch, capped by a jumper from junior guard Jessica George, to take a 26-16 lead at 9:36. Wake Forest closed the gap over the next six minutes to tie the game at 28-28 on a layup from Garica (3:28). The Dolphins got buckets from Thomas and Paschal in the final minute to take a 36-30 advantage at half time.

Junior guard Ashanti Williams finished with 10 points off the bench for JU. Senior forward Taneskei Richardson added eight rebounds to go along with six points.

The Dolphins look to end on a high note before the holidays as they face UCF on Monday in Orlando, Fla. at 7 p.m.