Lynchburg, VA - As the calendar turned to February, the Hollins basketball team traveled to Lynchburg to face Randolph College. After losing to the WildCats by just a single point last season, Hollins went looking to pick up an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory. The night would prove to provide plenty of excitement as the two ODAC rivals combined for nine ties and 14 lead changes, with the final tie being broken by a pair of Randolph free throws with less than three seconds left on the clock.
After the home team scored to start the game, Jewellanna Parfitt hit the first of her five made three pointers. After exchanging the lead throughout the opening frame, the WildCats pulled out to a four point advantage. A three pointer by Porsha Waddey cut the deficit to a single point at the first quarter horn, 14-13. Randolph would build their advantage to six before a Hollins 7-0 run put the road team back in front. As the clock began to click down it was the home team that hit a late three pointer to take the lead into the break, 25-23. Hollins would close the gap during another closely contested quarter and when the clock hit 00:00, the game was tied at 40-40. A pair of Taylor Samuels free throws would give Randolph a slim lead, but a deficit from which Hollins would never recover. The WildCats pushed their advantage to four points but Parfitt once again connected from long range to close the gap. After another WildCat hoop, Parfitt nailed her final three pointer to tie the game with just 15 seconds remaining. The Hollins defense stepped up and forced a bad shot but a Randolph player crashed the boards and was fouled with less than three ticks to play. After the two made free throws, Hollins was unable to get off a shot, falling 55-53.
Parfitt finished with a game high 26 points, seven boards, and six steals. Sally Sroge added 20 points after hitting 10 of her 13 free throw attempts. Waddey scored seven points, three steals, and a blocked shot.
Korin Harris netted 17 points while Alexis Calloway registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Hollins will face a tough task on Saturday when they play host to the reigning ODAC champions from Lynchburg College at 2:00pm.