Va. Beach, VA - The Hollins basketball team made the long trek to the eastern shore to face Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. Hollins would need a big effort in hopes of turning the tables on a Marlin squad that won, 60-33, at Hollins back in November. Virginia Wesleyan broke open a close game by closing out the first quarter with a 9-2 run en route to picking up the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory.
Hollins stayed close throughout the opening period. A made free throw by Emily Jo Huffard pulled Hollins to within a basket, 7-9, with 2:34 left on the clock. However, the Marlins ended the frame by scoring nine of the final 11 to seize control of the game. The home team started to build their advantage during the next quarter of action and pushed the lead to 16 points. Five straight points, all by Jewellanna Parfitt, allowed the visitors to stay close at the break, 22-33. VWC hit a three pointer to start the second half and never looked back as they held Hollins to just nine points for the quarter en route to an easy win, 87-49.
The Marlins saw nine different players in the scoring column but Amanda Gurni led the way with 38 points. Gurni was 12 of 22 from the field, including 11 for 20 from long range. Jayla Harris had 15 with NiAsia Caldwell and Crystal Strother each adding 11.
Hollins will be back home on Wednesday night when they play host to Guiolford College. The Quakers were picked atop the ODAC preseason poll to start the season.