Bethune-Cookman Falls at Wake Forest in WNIT

Courtesy: Courtesy of BCU Sports Information
          Release: 03/16/2017
Print RSS
Article Image
Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 16, 2017–Kendra Cooper scored 11 points as Bethune-Cookman saw its second consecutive season with a post-season appearance conclude with a 71-42 loss to Wake Forest on Thursday night at LVMJ Coliseum.

Ariel Stephenson scored 20 points as the Demon Deacons (16-15) hit two 3-pointers to start the second half and begin pulling away from a 29-23 halftime lead. Wake Forest opened its lead to 44-31 after three minutes into the third quarter, and eventually scored 30 fourth-quarter points.

Bethune-Cookman (21-11) saw itself with a big deficit to start the game. The Demon Deacons hit six of their first eight shots to jump out to a 15-4 advantage. The Wildcats bench helped stabilize things and it was a 21-11 game at the end of the first quarter.

In its best stretch of the game, Bethune-Cookman held Wake Forest scoreless for 4:21 and scored 10 unanswered points to tie it at 21 on two Cooper free throws with 3:39 left in the first half. Wake Forest would then score eight unanswered points before Kanesha Battle’s jumper closed it to 29-23 at half.

Ashanti Hunt and Kailyn Williams each scored eight points for Bethune-Cookman, while Battle, a freshman, added seven. Hunt, a sophomore, led the team with eight rebounds.

Bethune-Cookman concludes its season with a 21-11 record and its second MEAC regular-season championship.

HEAD COACH VANESSA BLAIR LEWIS

“The program has come so far and it was great to accomplish a second straight postseason berth.”

“The girls came out and competed. Their [Wake Forest] size and shooting ability took over.”

“Wake Forest is long. For our girls who are 5-foot-5 and they have some one 6-foot-1 closing out of them, it definitely changes their game.”

“Our freshmen and sophomores are fearless and have been all year. We have a bright future because of them.”

NOTES: Kailyn Williams finished her career with 993 rebounds.

MORE FROM MEAC Women's Basketball

MEAC VIDEO

Official Live & On-Demand Audio and Video
Watch MEAC Video
NSU Produces The African-American Female Tire Changer In NASCAR
Aug 24, 2017
Women's Basketball
NSU Produces The African-American Female Tire Changer In NASCAR
DeWayne Burroughs CSU
Oct 28, 2016
Women's Basketball
DeWayne Burroughs CSU
Larry Vickers NSU
Oct 28, 2016
Women's Basketball
Larry Vickers NSU
LeDawn Gibson FAMU
Oct 28, 2016
Women's Basketball
LeDawn Gibson FAMU