Roanoke, VA - For the first time this season, the Hollins basketball team defended her home court when they faced Methodist University. After opening the season with three straight road games, Hollins was hoping that the familiar surroundings would net their first win of the 2017-18 campaign.
First-year guard Sydney Strange got the night off to a quick start when she buried a three pointer to open the game. However, over the next three minutes, the visitors from Fayetteville would score the next four points to take their first lead. It would prove to be the last time that the Monarchs would hold an advantage as Hollins would score the final 10 points of the first quarter to take a lead that they would never give up. In the second frame, Tayler Broyles hit a three pointer in the opening seconds to push the advantage. The Hollins defense would hold Methodist to 18% first half shooting and built the lead to 22-4 before the road team would score again. After the 12 minute drought, Hollins had taken firm control of the game and as the seconds ticked down to the break, Strange would hit a buzzer-beater to push the advantage to 30-15 at the half. The third period would prove to be the Monarchs best. After Hollins pushed the advantage to 20, the clock stopped for the media timeout. For the final five minutes, Methodist would make a run that cut the deficit to 10. The final period would once again see Hollins dominate on the defensive end, holding their guests to 20% shooting and just eight points, while picking up the non-conference victory, 55-41.
Strange finished with a game high 17 points and four assists. Deana Campbell recorded her second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Campbell added four helpers while Keyazia Taylor scored 11 to go with six rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocked shots. Broyles capped the best all-around game of the night with seven points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
No Methodist player reached double digits and the balanced scoring was led by Kadie Snipes, off the bench, with eight points. Kodi Centry netted seven points to go with her game high 13 boards while Secret Bryant added five points and five assists.
Hollins will look to build momentum off her win as they prepare to open Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play tomorrow night with a trip to face Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.