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Nov. 15, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Camille Collier scored 17 points, including five of six from three-point range, to lead the Wake Forest women's basketball team to a season-opening 88-54 victory over Monmouth on Tuesday evening at the Joel Coliseum.
Chelsea Douglas and Secily Ray each scored 12 points apiece, and Asia Williams grabbed 11 boards, just one shy of her career high. Ray also collected 10 boards to earn a double-double on the night.
Abby Martin, Carly Thibault, and Alexis Canady each scored 10 points for Monmouth, and Canady also pulled down a team-high nine boards.
The Deacs opened the game on an 8-3 run, with senior Secily Ray scoring six points during the spurt. Strong defensive pressure and quick traps at the top of the key by Wake Forest forced Monmouth into early turnovers, and the Deacs went on to score 18 points off 21 first-half turnovers.
Collier nailed her first of five three-pointers in the game at the 10:15 mark of the first half to put the Deacs up by 12, and a long jumper from Mykala Walker extended the Deacons' lead to 22-8 just seconds later.
The Deacs closed the half scoring nine quick points, including a pair of fast-break lay-ups by Lakevia Boykin, to take a 37-15 lead at the half.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pat Summitt has fielded plenty of questions about her health lately. Certainly nothing has changed about her ability to grill her players at halftime when she's disappointed in their performance.
The third-ranked Lady Vols came into halftime tied at 42 with seventh-ranked Miami after being manhandled on the boards. Summitt got onto them hard during her halftime speech, and they responded with a 92-76 victory on Tuesday night in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.
"If you ever doubt if Pat Summitt is still coaching, look at how our team responds coming out in the second half," associate head coach Holly Warlick said. "She got on them pretty hard. We all did as a staff about our rebounding effort, our hustle plays that weren't there. We challenged them for 20 minutes, and I think they responded."
It was the first big test of the season for two veteran teams, and the matchup lived up to its billing in the first-ever meeting for the programs.
Though the game pitted preseason All-Americans Shekinna Stricklen and Shenise Johnson against one another, the spotlight was stolen by Taber Spani and Meighan Simmons, who together hit 7 of 13 from 3-point range.