Women’s hoops falls to Wake Forest, 83-54
Junior Maggie Wilson scored 11 points in first start of the season
Junior Maggie Wilson scored 11 points in first start of the season
Another tough first half for the JU women’s basketball team led to an 83-54 loss against Wake Forest in non-conference action on Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Sandra Garcia scored 20 points off the bench to lead five Demon Deacons (4-1) in double-figures. Asia Williams scored 15 points to help the cause.

“We did a better job of rebounding tonight," JU head coach Jill Dunn said. "We committed too many turnovers and have to do a better job of limiting it so we can create more points. Overall, we were better and if we keep down this road, these games will help us in the long run."

The Dolphins (0-5) made only eight shots in the first half en route to a 31.7 field goal percentage (19-60) and committed 30 turnovers. JU did manage to go 12 for 20 from the free throw line and held the Demon Deacons to two three-pointers in 19 attempts.

Junior Maggie Wilson broke up a 6-0 Demon Deacons’ run to start the game with a three-pointer at 16:56. A free throw by sophomore Jade Cargill (13:15) and a three-pointer from senior Crystal Bell (12:07) to keep the Dolphins with two possessions, but Wake Forest used a strong defensive pressure to set up a 19-2 run to take a 34-11 (6:57). The Dolphins found a rhythm with an 11-5 stretch, capped on a junior Tracie Sneed jumper, to cut the lead to 39-21 with three minutes left in the half. The Dolphins couldn’t get any closer as Garcia hit a fast break layup at the buzzer to give Wake Forest a 46-25 lead.

Sneed (12) and Wilson (11) each hit double-digits scoring to lead the Dolphins’ offense. Sneed also had eight boards and sophomore Jane’l Osborne tallied nine points off the bench.

In the second half, the Dolphins got an early free throw and three-pointer from Sneed, while sophomore Abril Peeples had a fast break layup at 15:56. Wake Forest put the game out of reach with a 10-0 to help them secure the win.

Secily Ray scored 12 points for Wake Forest, while Mykala Walker recorded 10 points to round out the scoring.

The Dolphins continue their road swing on Tuesday against Savannah State in Savannah, Ga. at 7 p.m.