Nov. 25—HIGH POINT — Shorthanded and at a determined top drawback in opposition to one of many tallest groups on its schedule, the Excessive Level College ladies’s basketball workforce fell to Wake Forest 79-50 on the Qubein Heart in a Wednesday matinee.
Already with out ahead Skyler Curran for the season, the Panthers have been additionally lacking heart Jaden Wrightsell and 5-11 guard Cyndey Johnson, forcing head coach Chelsea Banbury to play smaller guards within the frontcourt in opposition to the Demon Deacons, who began a entrance line of 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
The Panthers (2-3) could not drive and rating with out regularity exterior of guard Nakyah Simmons, could not hit from 3 and have been outrebounded 56-30 because the Deacons saved possessions alive by flattening 17 offensive rebounds.
“Us being brief handed hurts, particularly since these final two video games (Wake and final Saturday in opposition to Davidson) we performed two of the tallest groups on our schedule,” Banbury stated. “Our put up protection has actually been hit. We’re making an attempt to maneuver some items round and work with what we have now. It is powerful.”
Scoring 21 factors on 9 of 19 pictures and flattening 11 rebounds, Terrell was the brightest spot for the Panthers, who have been restricted to 30.9 % subject objective capturing (21 of 68).
Jenson Edwards added 10 level however took 14 pictures. Lalmani Simmons added eight factors with a late burst and hit 4 of 8 pictures for the sport.
“I believed Nakyah performed very well,” Banbury stated. “She confirmed loads of toughness and somewhat little bit of grit. She wasn’t giving up. She saved attacking even down the stretch. That was good to see.”
Jewel Spear and Alexandria Suggs led the Deacons with 17 factors every. Christina Mora pulled down 11 rebounds and Olivia Summiel had 10.
Wake improved to 6-0, its finest begin underneath Jen Hoover, who’s in her tenth season. The margin of victory was the largest for the Demon Deacons since a 56-point romp over Charleston in 2019.
The sport marked Hoover’s first return to HPU since leaving after her solely season in 2011-12 to teach at Wake.
“This was most likely our most full efficiency of the season,” Hoover stated. “I liked the way in which that we performed from the opening whistle. We attacked the glass and I used to be particularly pleased with Liv and Christina, ending the sport with double digits in that space. We additionally did job closing out on their shooters and making their potent three-point assault take powerful, contested pictures. This led to good run-out alternatives for us.
“On the offensive finish, it was an entire workforce efficiency. We shared the ball nicely and labored nicely to get good shot alternatives.”
HPU went simply 5 of 33 from past the arc. They went 0 of 8 in trailing 21-9 after the primary quarter. The streak reached 14 misses earlier than the primary 3 went in with just below 5 minutes left within the second quarter. They made two extra throughout a 8-2 run late within the half that closed the hole to 37-28, then went 2 of 15 for the remainder of the sport.
“The factor I emphasised with them is that we have been aspect open and nonetheless not able to shoot,” Banbury stated. “So now we’re speeding the shot and making an attempt to hop into it, and that is a decrease share shot. Now we have to work on it in follow and take note of the small print of sitting down and getting a foot on the ground and so all it’s important to do is step into it and get your hand on the goal. We will emphasize that in follow. We’ll begin knocking them down.”
Banbury thought the Panthers settled on capturing 3s an excessive amount of at instances.
“I used to be telling them to drive to the basket extra,” Banbury stated. “We should always have tried to assault the basket extra and if somebody came visiting to assist, then we might have kicked it out. We had good moved and fakes. We have been capturing layups by ourselves. We didn;t do it sufficient.”
Spear closed the primary half with a 3 to make it 40-28 and the Deacons completely dominated the third quarter as they outscored HPU 21-8 and held the Panthers to twenty % capturing. Wake loved its greatest lead at 79-46 with 1:26 to go.
HPU was outscored within the paint 46-28 and Wake transformed its offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance factors.
“We might have had 5 folks within the paint on some possessions,” Banbury stated. “They did get some lengthy rebounds however I am not involved about these. There have been instances that we have been standing straight up-and-down and you have to bend your knees so you possibly can push folks round when it will get bodily. We have to get somewhat harder.”
HPU restricted Wake to 37.5 % capturing within the second quarter however the Deacons hit at the least half of their pictures within the first and fourth quarters. Wake shot 45.3 % for the sport.
“We did a fairly good job defensively for a bit,” Banbury stated. “Our ballscreen protection might use some work however that goes again to having to play some gamers out of place. We’re brief on our put up defenders and perhaps we did not have sufficient reps going into the sport. We had some breakdowns. However to start out, we performed exhausting and we have been battling.”
HPU subsequent performs on Wednesday at Wofford after which travels to Liberty on Dec. 4. Banbury stated Wrightsell ought to be again within the beginning lineup for the Wofford sport if all goes in keeping with plan and Johnson might see some taking part in time.