Thursday morning marked the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Women's Basketball media day in Salem, VA. With the media gathering comes the release of the 2016 ODAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. Hollins was tabbed 11th in the poll as voted on by the league's 12 coaches.
The 2016-17 edition of the Hollins basketball program will have elevated expectations in head coach Jenny Logan's second season. The young group gained valuable experience one season ago when Hollins saw just one senior in her game day rotation. Hollins will rely on a pair of seniors and four sophomores to provide leadership in their effort to move up the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standings.
Senior Jewellanna Parfitt looks to become Hollins 11th, 1,000 point scorer in the past 40 years. Parfitt averaged 12.2 points per game in 2015-16 and looks to once again lead Hollins with her shooting and defense. Porsha Waddey will use her experience and versatility to provide front court support and depth. The senior was a tough matchup on the offensive end of the floor by connecting on 50% of her three point attempts. Point guard Nicolette Valencia proved in her first-year campaign that she was one of the better ball handler and distributers in the ODAC and looks to improve on last season's 11 points and 3.3 assists per game. Sally Sroge and her team leading 12.9 points per night return to give Hollins a trio of double figure scorers on which to lean. Deana Campbell is a combo wing that can play multiple positions and is capable of leading the team in scoring on any given night and Max Nagle is a nice long range threat off the bench. The six returning players combined to average over 150 of the 200 minutes per night in 2015-16 and will be ready for the ODAC grind come January and February.
A trio of newcomers will give Hollins a much deeper and more talented roster than that of a year ago. Shooting guard Gaibriella Gilbert will give Hollins another outside option and bolster a solid backcourt. Gilbert will be relied upon to help replace the 31 minutes, seven points, four rebounds, and three assists that Hollins lost with the graduation of Auburn Smith. Forward LaChrisha Hill will add athleticism and depth on the wing while she and Emily Jo Huffard will team up to give Hollins much more size and talent in the frontcourt.
Hollin opens the season with a trip to Mary Baldwin before competing in the Roanoke College Tip-Off Tournament. The ODAC season gets started on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with a visit from Virginia Wesleyan. January and February will see the bulk of the conference schedule take place as Hollins looks to be in a good position going into the end of season, ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament, beginning Tuesday, February 21st.
2016 ODAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Guilford (9) – 116 pts.
2. Lynchburg (1) – 107 pts.
3. Washington and Lee (1) – 98 pts.
4. Emory & Henry (1) – 92 pts.
5. Virginia Wesleyan – 73 pts.
6. Roanoke – 70 pts.
7. Eastern Mennonite – 67 pts.
8. Bridgewater – 61 pts.
9. Randolph-Macon – 43 pts.
10. Shenandoah – 31 pts.
11. Hollins – 18 pts.
12. Randolph – 16 pts.
Click here to see the ODAC Women's Basketball Preseason Guide.