Roanoke, VA - The Hollins basketball team ushered in 2017 when they played host to William Peace University on Tuesday night. Hollins came into the game with the Pacers looking to win for the third consecutive game. William Peace ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to take control of the game and after holding the home team to just four, second quarter points, held the lead throughout for a 60-46 non-conference victory.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth during a first period that saw four lead changes and three ties. The late Pacer run gave the visitors a 20-13 advantage. Hollins would hit just two of her 16 field goal attempts in a second quarter that saw William Peace build a 15 pointhalftime lead. After the break, Hollins would score eight straight to get back in the game. Having cut the lead to 32-27, Hollins would see the Pacers end the frame on an 11-7 run to push the advantage back to 12 points. The fourth quarter would see Jewellanna Parfitt hit three of her five attempts from long range to pull Hollins to within six points at the 3:34 mark. However, WPU would regain control and score eight of the final 10 points to earn the victory.
Parfitt lead all scorers with 21 points while adding 10 rebounds and an assist. LaChrisha Hill continued her dominance on the glass with a game high 11 boards and six points. Nicolette Valencia played all 40 minutes, handing out seven assists to go with four points, four rebounds,and three steals. Emily Jo Huffard came off the bench to score a season high five points.
Tyler Mercer led a balanced Pacer attack with 14 points. Nadine Ealey netted 13 while Makayla Ray scored 12 points and secured nine rebounds.
Hollins will have to recover quickly as Eastern Mennonite comes to Roanoke tomorrow night. The game with the Royals is scheduled to tip at 7:00pm.