Nov. 29, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Despite 20 points from senior point guard Jenna Schone, the Miami RedHawks fell to Wake Forest 81-59 Saturday. Miami is now 2-2 overall, while the Demon Deacons are 5-0.
Trailing only 50-48 with 12:24 remaining, the RedHawks went into a shooting slump that saw them score only two points over the next 8:29 as the Demon Deacons put the game out of reach with a 19-2 run.
Miami missed its first four shots to start the game as Wake Forest jumped to a 6-0 lead early. The RedHawks got on the board after a Schone steal led to a Courtney Reed layup and foul. She converted the free throw for the old fashioned three-point play.
Trailing 16-7 with 9:17 remaining in the half, Miami went on an 8-0 run led by two baskets from Jaclyn Leininger, as well as buckets from Reed and Ashley Hawkins. The teams traded points until Schone hit a three-point basket with 5:40 remaining that gave the RedHawks their first lead at 23-22. With the score 26-24 in favor of Miami, Wake Forest went on an 8-0 run to take a six point lead at 32-26. That run was stopped by two Maggie Boyer free throws with 36 seconds to go that sent the RedHawks into the locker room trailing 32-28.
Leininger led Miami with eight points in the first half. The RedHawks shot 38 percent and held the Demon Deacons to 37.5 percent shooting.
After falling behind 36-30 in the second half, Schone hit a three-pointer that sparked an 8-0 run as the RedHawks went ahead 38-36 with 17:40 remaining. With the score 41-38 in favor of the Deacons, Schone hit another three-pointer that tied the game for the final time at 41.
Erin Wisner helped keep the RedHawks in the game with two put back layups that closed the gap to 50-48, but the shooting slump by Miami saw Wake Forest push the lead to 71-50. Stephanie Ford eventually hit a three-point basket to stop the bleeding, but it wasn’t enough and the RedHawks fell.
In addition to Schone’s 20 points, Leininger had 12 and Wisner scored 11. The RedHawks shot 35 percent to the game, compared to Wake Forest, which shot 44 percent. The Demon Deacons outrebounded Miami 38-35.
The RedHawks return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 2 when they travel to Wright State for a 7 p.m. game.