Winston-Salem, NC - The 2017-18 basketball season got started on Wednesday night. Hollins would travel to Winston-Salem to face Salem College in the first of three consecutive road games to kick off the new campaign. With six new faces on the roster, Coach Jenny Logan would get her first look at her young squad against NCAA competition.
The Spirits would hit the first basket of the night when they drained a three pointer in the opening minutes of play. Salem would push the lead to five before first-year forward Keyazia Taylor scored the first hoop of her collegiate career to break the ice. Each time the home team looked to pull away, Hollins would answer and the advantage was just two, 8-10, at the mid-way point of the first quarter. However, from that point on the Spirits would end the frame on a 13-6 run to take a nine point lead. The second quarter would see Salem push their advantage to 18 before Hollins would begin to rally. The green and gold would hold their hosts to just a single hoop over the final six minutes to make the score 34-22 at the break.
The second half started with the two teams trading baskets, then Tayler Broyles hit Hollins lone three pointer of the night followed by a layup to cut the deficit to seven, 36-29. After a timeout by the Salem bench, the home team took the momentum and essentially put the game away over the next seven minutes. Salem out-scored their guests 18-4 thanks in part to six Hollins turnovers and took a big lead into the final period of play. Over the final 10 minutes, Hollins would continue to struggle from the field, shooting just over 26% for the game, as Salem would coast to on opening night victory, 87-46.
Taylor and senior LaChrisha Hill would pace Hollins with 12 points apiece. Taylor finished with 12 points and nine rebounds while Hill recorded 12 points and eight boards. Deana Campbell added seven points and 10 rebounds with Broyles scoring seven points to go with nine rebounds.
Shenell Phar lead Salem with 23 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. MiKayla Seivers netted 18 points while Sabrina Shepherd hit five of six from long range en route to 17 points off the bench.
Hollins will continue her three game road trip with a trip to Pheiffer on Friday night.