Mar 2, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons players including guard Millesa Calicott (15) and forward Dearica Hamby (25) celebrate after beating the Miami Hurricanes 81-74 in their quarterfinal game of the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

Illinois Women's Basketball: Wake Forest Game Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini will play Wake Forest in the women’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Last season, the Illini defeated the Clemson Tigers 61-50 in the women’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

According to, “Illinois head coach Matt Bollant is 3-0 against the ACC with all three meetings coming as the head coach of Green Bay.”

Wake Forest had an ACC conference record of 7-9 last season. Their overall record was 20-14.

This season, the Demon Deacons are led on offense by senior guard Lakevia Boykin and junior guard Chelsea Douglas. Both Boykin and Douglas are averaging double-digit points. Douglas is averaging 13.0 points per game while Boykin is averaging 11.7 points per game. As a team, the Demon Deacons are averaging 58.8 points per game.

Just like the men’s basketball team experienced in their ACC/Big Ten challenge game, Wake Forest looks to be a “rebound by committee” kind of team. They have four players averaging five or more rebounds per game.

These four players are senior forward Mykala Walker (5.5), sophomore forward Dearica Hamby (5.7), senior center Sandra Garcia (5.2), and senior guard Asia Williams (5.0). Expect all of these players to get after the broads for Wake Forest in this game.

This will be the second meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Demon Deacons. Illinois currently leads the series 1-0.

Illinois last met Wake Forest on December 2nd, 2009. The Illini overcame a 17-point second-half deficit and won 65-50.

If Illinois wants to win this game, their offense will need to stay hot. They are averaging 75.2 points per game this season and are ranked 33rd in the country. The Illini will need to get big offensive output from junior guard Amber Moore (14.0 points per game), sophomore guard Ivory Crawford (15.6 points per game), and senior forward Karisma Penn (18.4 points per game).

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