Roanoke, VA - On last day of classes at Hollins for the first semester, the basketball team took one last chance this calendar year to win a home game. Averett University made the trip from Danville to face Hollins on the eve of reading day at the Roanoke campus. The Cougars used a late second quarter run to pull out to a double digit lead at the break. Hollins would use a fast start to mount a rally but in the end it wasn't enough as Averett held on late for the non-conference win.
With the game tied at 4-4, the Cougars used a 11-4 spurt to take control of the game. However, Hollins closed the frame on a 4-0 run, all by junior LaChrisha Hill, to make the score 15-12 at the first break. Jewellanna Parfitt scored two of her six first half points to cut the deficit to a single point. Hollins would get no closer as a frantic 13-4 outburst allowed Averett to take a double digit lead into the half.
Parfitt would catch fire after the break and on a night when she was recognized for becoming Hollins 11th, 1,000 point scorer, the senior started the second half by connecting on her first three long range bombs. Hollins had cut the Cougar advantage to five, 47-42, before a late push and a foul call at the buzzer awarded three free throws to the visitors. After scoring six points in a matter of seconds, Hollins was once again down 11 points. The legs of the Hollins players began to go down the stretch and the Cougars kept Hollins from completing the comeback, winning the game 68-59.
Parfitt posted a season high 22 points, four rebounds, and five steals. Hill came off the bench to post a double-double with 11 points and a game high 17 rebounds. Nicolette Valencia added 11 points and three assists.
Samm Chandler led Averett with 28 points and 10 boards. Amani Ajayi came off the bench to post 12 points while Alixis Roccia added eight.
Hollins will have a week off to finish up with exams before heading to Pennsylvania for a pair of pre-Christmas games.