Defensive Battle Goes To Royals

12 points and 12 rebounds for Jewellanna Parfitt
12 points and 12 rebounds for Jewellanna Parfitt

Harrisonburg, VA - For the second time this season, Hollins faced off with Eastern Mennointe. The Royals won the first matchup, 60-50, earlier this month and Hollins traveled to Harrisonburg looking to exact some revenge. The game turned out to be a defensive struggle, with neither team topping the 50 point mark. Thanks to holding their guests scoreless in the opening quarter, Eastern Mennonite earned another 10 point victory.

Hollins started the game ice cold, missing all 11 of her first period field goal attempts. The Royals weren't much better, shooting just 16.7%, but it was enough to build an 11 point advantage. After two more EMU baskets, Hollins finally got going on the offensive end of the floor. Despite scoring five of the final seven points of the frame, Hollins found herself down, 9-23, at the break. Eastern Mennonite would hit a three to start the second half but Hollins would begin to chip away at the deficit and after four straight Nicolette Valencia points, the lead would be cut to seven, 28-15. Hollins would win the third and fourth quarters, but it wasn't enough as the Royals duplicated their 10 point win, 44-34.

Valencia and Jewellanna Parfitt would post 12 points apiece. Parfitt added 12 rebounds, three assists, and five of the team's eight steals. Valencia haded out a team high four assists with Sally Sroge scoring six points to go with her game high three blocked shots.

Myneshia Walker paced the home team with 14 points and 13 boards. Jonae Guest added a double-double of her own with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Hollins will continue their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) road trip with a stop in Salem on Wednesday afternoon. The game at Roanoke College will have a rare, mid-week, start time of 5:00pm.