Roanoke, VA - The Hollins University basketball team looked to run her home record to 2-0 when they played host to Washington Adventist University on Saturday night. The weekend night game is a rare occurrence within the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and made for a little different atmosphere for the matchup with the Shock.
The night got started with a Washington Adventist three pointer but four straight points gave the home team their first lead of the evening. After the Shock scored to make it 5-4, Hollins would start to control most of the action for the final six minutes of play. Tayler Broyles would hit a pair of three pointers and after a basket in the final 30 seconds, Hollins took a five point advantage into the second frame, 18-13. The Shock would cut into the lead, but the home team would keep their five point advantage throughout much of the second period. In what proved to be the most pivotal part of the game, Hollins led 24-19 and had five consecutive possessions to put more distance between themselves and their guests. However, Hollins would come up empty for a four minute stretch. In the final seconds, LaChrisha Hill would go 1-2 from the foul line to give the green and gold a 25-24 lead at the half. Unfortunately for the home team, Hollins would get off to a very slow start in the second half. Washington Adventist would take control of both ends of the floor for the entire 10 minutes, outscoring Hollins 26-9, taking a 50-32 lead into the finale. After a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter, Hollins trailed 52-41. The Shock would weather the storm and as Hollins began to run out of gas, it was the visitors that would pick up the non-conference victory, 67-43.
Hill would come off the bench to post a double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sydney Strange continued to find her offensive rhythm, netting 11 points and two assists. Keyazia Taylor battled a tough shooting night to add seven points and eight rebounds while Broyles posted a line of six points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
The Shock would see four different players reach double figures. Post players Courtney Jenkins and Amber Mormon had 13 points with Candice Berner adding 12 and Demyra Selby finished with 11. Mormon, a 6'2" freshman center, added 10 rebounds, three assists, and a pair of blocked shots as Hollins struggled with her size all night long.
The final home game of the first semester is scheduled for Tuesday night when Randolph-Macon College comes to town for a 7:00pm tip-off.