The Lady Deacs are looking really sharp thus far, and they had a very strong week last week. Against USF on Wednesday, Wake Forest jumped out to a 24-0 lead and were in control for the rest of the game. Brittany Waters had 21 points and freshman Sandra Garcia impressed again with double-digit rebounds.
On Sunday, Waters outdid herself, coming up with a career-high 33 points in the Demon Deacons' 78-62 win over Miami (OH). Garcia added 10 points and Brooke Thomas had 10 assists in the win. Wake will return home to take on Coppin State on Monday at the Joel. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The women's soccer team did something they haven't done for a decade: earned a place in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. On easily one of the most exciting moments of Wake's fall sports, Bess Harrington, off a Jess Hutchinson corner kick, headed the ball into the left side of the net, giving the Deacs a 1-0 win over No. 8 South Carolina. Wake moved to 16-5-2 on the year and will face No. 4 North Carolina on Friday at 2 p.m. In the regular season, North Carolina captured a 4-0 victory. The Deacs only have one win all time over the Tar Heels.
Not to be outdone by the women, the men's soccer team won their second round match over UNC-Wilmington on Sunday at Spry Stadium, 2-1. The Deacs advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with the win. Corben Bone, the Top Drawer player of the year, tied Wake Forest's team record for assists with 36. He shares that honor with Austin da Luz, who scored Wake's first goal of the day. Anthony Arena added the second.
Wilmington made it a game, scoring 86th minutes, but Wake sealed the deal with good defense. Wake will face Duke in an ACC showdown for the right to move onto the Elite Eight on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Spry.
The Deacs were in action once last week, capturing an 83-60 win against High Point at the Joel on Wednesday. The Panthers, led by first-year head coach Scott Cherry, really amped up the pressure in the first half, leading until around the 3 minute mark. High Point had success driving the lane and kicking out, hitting 7 of 16 threes. Dino Gaudio made a defensive adjustment and the Panthers scored just 21 points in the second half.
Al-Farouq Aminu, who continues to put up mind-boggling numbers, led the Demon Deacons with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Chas McFarland had his best game of the young season, posting a double-double. Freshman C.J. Harris scored 12 points, but earned the illustrious honor of becoming the first Wake player to foul out this season.
The Deacs will play twice this week, hosting Winston-Salem State (1-3) at the Joel on Tuesday and William and Mary on Saturday. William and Mary had a good week last week, earning wins over both Richmond and Manhattan.