Salem, VA - The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released their 2017-18 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. The poll was released at the annual ODAC Media Day held at the Salem Civic Center. The league's 12 coaches voted on the poll and Hollins was tabbed to finish 12th.
The 2017-18 edition of the Hollins basketball team will look marketably different than in years past. With the graduation of Hollins fourth all-time leading scorer, Jewellanna Parfitt, the team will be looking for a leader to emerge as the season progresses. Head coach Jenny Logan will also have to replace three other starters from a Hollins squad that made great strides in 16-17, becoming a factor, night in and night out, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
Lone returning starter LaChrisha Hill will be an anchor inside as the senior returns after averaging a team high 8.5 rebounds per game. In addition, Hill's 6.5 points per game leads the returning quartet of players from a season ago. Deana Campbell did make 18 starts last year and returns as a versatile wing that averaged 4.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Six footer Emily Jo Huffard earned valuable experience last year, appearing in 23 games, and junior Max Nagle is back after shooting 38.5% from long range.
A talented group of newcomers will be looked upon to contribute right away. Tayler Broyles will bring her championship experience to the team after scoring 18 points, en route to being named MVP, in the 2016 Virginia State Championship. Chesslyn Owens is an all-district performer from Humboldt, TN as was Keyazia Taylor (Thomas Dale H.S.) from Chester, VA. Carsen Helms will add size on the interior and guard Sydney Strange will compete for playing time right away, giving Logan the versatility to go with four guards at different stretches. Rounding out the six new faces is Whitney Cromer, giving Hollins another forward to balance out their roster. All six incoming players are between 5'6" and 6'0" allowing the third year head coach more lineup options than she has had in her previous seasons.
Hollins will start the season with a trio of non-conference road games before opening up at home after Thanksgiving. The first opportunity for the home fans to see the new-look squad will be on November 28th when they play host to Methodist University. The first ODAC test will come one night later when the green and gold travels to Guilford. January will see a heavy dose of conference play before wrapping up in February. The final home game will be with cross-town rival Roanoke College on the 14th.