Halftime Lead Not Enough To Carry Hollins

Nicolette Valencia went 5-10 from the field
Nicolette Valencia went 5-10 from the field

Winchester, VA - After falling to Eastern Mennonite in their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game of the new year, Hollins raced the inclement weather to travel to Shenandoah University on Saturday afternoon. While the snow was falling in Roanoke, Hollins took the court against the Hornets looking to move past them in the conference standings. With the visitors leading at the half, Shenandoah used a big third quarter to pick up the ODAC victory, 51-43.

Maybe it was the winter weather or maybe the defenses but neither team could find the range early and the game remained scoreless for the first four minutes of play. The Hornets finally got the scoring started when Kirstyn Arcata hit a pair of jumpers at the mid-way point of the opening frame. Hollins would close the period on a 10-5 run to take their first lead of the game, 10-9. The second 10 minutes of play would see three ties and four lead changes as the road team took a 29-28 advantage into the locker room. The third quarter belonged to the home team as Shenandoah held their guests to just six points, none in the final 4:30 of the period. Trailing by eight going into the final quarter, Hollins would score six straight to cut the deficit to 41-43. After a made free throw, Arcata hit a three pointer to give the Hornets a cucshion that they wouldn't give up the rest of the way.

For the seventh consecutive game, Jewellanna Parfitt reached double digits. the senior paced Hollins with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Nicolette Valencia added 11 points of 50% shooting while LaChrisha Hill once again led in rebounds with eight to go with her eight points. Sally Sroge netted eight points, six rebounds, and handed out a team high four assists. 

Arcata led all scorers with 17 with a trio of Hornets adding eight points each. Erin French grabbed 10 boards and Sarah Donley had seven rebounds and six helpers.

After the long drive back to campus, Hollins will begin to prepare for a mid-week visit from Emory & Henry. The Wasps were picked to finish fourth in the ODAC preseason poll, receiving one first place vote.