RALEIGH – In a game decided by defense, Wake Forest proved tougher on Sunday afternoon, staggering N.C. State en route to a 70-57 victory at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons – mixing full and half-court traps – smothered the Wolfpack and pulled ahead late in the second half. They held on for the win and sent the sold-out crowd home disappointed after they had filled the venue for the seventh annual Hoops 4 Hope event.
Wake sophomore guard Lakevia Boykin finished a layup on a fastbreak with 21 seconds left, extending her team's lead. She then hit two free throws with 13.1 left to seal the game for the Deacs.
Wake was 10-for-10 from the free throw line over the game's final 50 seconds and the Deacs never allowed the Pack to work back into a contest.
Wake sophomore Chelsea Douglas finished with a game-high 21 points.
Four State players scored in double figures, with sophomore center Kody Burke leading the group with 13 points and four rebounds. Senior Bonae Holston added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams had their moments, trapping and disrupting their opponents, resulting in a low-scoring affair. State led 25-23 at halftime.
The Wolfpack, shooting just 30 percent from the field, relied on its scrappy defense to stay in the game with the Demon Deacons – scoring 13 points off 12 forced turnovers.
Wake, which shot 40 percent from the field, outscored the Pack in the paint and in bench points.
The game marks the seventh annual Hoops 4 Hope event founded by the former N.C. State coach Kay Yow. The event was started to raise awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for research.
Over the years, it has become tradition during the Hoops 4 Hope event that cancer survivors take the floor on Kay Yow Court at halftime. Survivors stood near a sign-holder carrying a sign representing their years living with the disease: 0-2, 3-5, 6-10, 11-15, 15-plus.
This year country music star Scott McCreery performed a tribute song at halftime.