Roanoke, VA - Saturday afternoon marked the rematch of a nail biter from one season ago as Shenandoah University came to town for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matchup. The Hornets hit a buzzer beater at Hollins last season to pull off a, last second, 54-52 victory. Today did not disappoint as the two teams played a closely contested affair that once again came down to the final possessions.
The afternoon got started with the two teams trading points early. Hollins would take a one point lead before the third long rage shot of the quarter afforded the Hornets a 10-8 advantage. The home team stayed close and had a chance to tie at the horn, but a Deana Campbell three pointer just missed the mark as Shenandoah took a lead into the second stanza, 15-12. Trailing by four with just under four minutes left on the clock, Hollins watched the Hornets threaten to pull away as the lead reached double-digits for the first time, 30-20. The Green and Gold closed the half with a hoop and a stop for cut the deficit to eight, 30-22. The two ODAC foes would play even for 9:57 of the third until Kirstyn Arcata took the ball outside the three point line and nailed a buzzer beater in almost the exact spot that she did last February. Shenandoah would push their lead to 13 before Hollins begin a fourth quarter rally. With 9:04 remaining, Hollins would outscore their guests 15-7 over the next seven minutes of play to make it 54-50 with just 2:00 on the clock. Hollins got the stop they needed but an offensive rebound and foul gave the Hornets a free throw and pushed the advantage to five. Turnovers and missed shots would stymie the Hollins comeback and the Hornets pulled away late to avoid the upset, 63-52.
Keyazia Taylor had the best all-around game of her young Hollins career with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal, and three blocked shots. LaChrisha Hill posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards while Campbell added 10 points and four rebounds. Tayler Broyles added nine points and a game high six helpers with Chesslyn Owens recording seven points and three assists.
Ashley Stone had 17 and Sarah Donley added 13 as the duo combined to go 5-13 from behind the arc. Leading scorer Jordan Sondrol came into the game averaging 18 points per game but was held to just eight points. However the 5'10" sophomore grabbed a game high 12 rebounds and helped the Hornets to a 44-38 advantage on the glass.
Hollins will look to rebound from back-to-back ODAC loses on Wednesday when they play host to Randolph College at 7:00pm.