Late Eagles Rally Thwarts Hollins Upset Bid

Double-double for Nicolette Valencia (12 points and 10 assists)
Double-double for Nicolette Valencia (12 points and 10 assists)

Roanoke, VA - Head coach Jenny Logan's basketball team played host to her Alma Mater, Bridgewater College, on Saturday afternoon. The Hollins team would dress just seven healthy players in hopes of upsetting the Eagles and picking up the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win. Hollins would see a 13 point, second quarter, lead be erased as Bridgewater would take a lead late. Hollins would respond to hit a three pointer and regain the advantage. However, the Eagles would rally to score six of the final eight points to secure the victory, 63-58.

Forward LaChrisha Hill would get the game started with an opening hoop to give the home team an advantage that they would hold for much of the first quarter. Bridgewater would close with the momentum and a 20-16 lead. The second quarter saw the Hollins defense turn away their guests time after time. Thanks to holding the Eagles scoreless for eight minutes of play, Hollins would build a 13 point cushion. Leading scorer Jessica Lam would ignite the Bridgewater offense with five straight points closing the gap to 36-29 at the break.

The visitors would quickly close the deficit but Hollins wouldn't allow the Eagles to pass them on the scoreboard and enjoyed a four point advantage with 10 minutes left on the clock. Hill would again become a central figure as the forward picked up her fifth foul with 4:37 remaining and Hollins clinging to a 53-49 lead. Bridgewater would score six in a row to gain their first lead since early in the second quarter. Max Nagle connected on a three pointer to give Hollins the slimmest of leads, 56-55, with 2:02 on the clock. The two longtime ODAC rivals would trade baskets but in the end, it was Bridgewater that would enjoy the final run to close out the win, 63-58.

Hill would finish with a team high 19 points on 9-11 shooting. Sally Sroge finished with 16 points while Nicolette Valencia would post a double-double, 12 points and 10 assists. Porsha Waddey posted her best all around effort of the season with eight points, eight rebounds, and six assists. 

Lam led all scores with 25. Six footer Kaitlyn Lehan was too much to handle on the interior adding 18 points, eight boards, two steals, and four blocked shots as the only other Eagle to reach double digits.

Hollins will look to rebound this Wednesday night when they travel to face Randolph College at 7:00pm.