Women's Basketball Falls at Wake ForestOctober 29, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Seniors Amanda Parris and Breonda Shannon each reached double figures, as the Anderson women’s basketball team fell, 88-53, to Wake Forest in the Trojans’ first exhibition game of the season Monday night at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Parris, a 5-foot-7 guard, shared team-high scoring honors with Shannon, as each tallied 12 points on the night. Parris connected on four-of-six from beyond the arc, while Shannon added a team-best four rebounds. Senior guard Alissa Diaz narrowly missed double figures with nine points, while junior guard Paige Whitaker added seven points and freshman Katie Davis chipped in six points and three rebounds in their debut with the Black and Gold.
A pair of quick 3-pointers from Parris gave Anderson an early 6-5 lead, but the Demon Deacons countered with six unanswered points to take a lead they would not relinquish. The veteran Trojan squad refused to go away early, as preseason All-Conference selections Shannon and Diaz each responded to pull the Trojans back within 11-10.
Wake Forest edged out to a 27-20 advantage with 6:27 left in the first half, but AU pulled within four on a traditional three-point play by Shannon. However, the Deacons closed the half with a 14-3 run to take a 41-26 lead at the half.
In the first of three exhibition games for Anderson, the Trojans were unable to overcome the homestanding Demon Deacon’s hot shooting, as Wake Forest connected on more than 56 percent (18-of-32) of its shots in the opening half. Turnovers also proved costly for the Trojans, as Wake Forest converted 17 first-half miscues into 21 points.
Junior guard Chelsea Douglas led five Demon Deacons in double figures with 14 points, while senior forward Asia Williams garnered a game-high eight rebounds.
Wake Forest shot 51.4 percent on the night, while AU connected on 40.4 percent. The Demon Deacons held a 45-29 advantage on the boards.
Anderson will get back on the hardwood for its second preseason exhibition contest at Clemson Friday night. Tip-off versus the Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m.