Roanoke, VA- For the second consecutive game, the Hollins basketball team welcomed an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe to town. After seeing Shenandoah pull way in the closing minutes on Saturday, Hollins took a crack at the WildCats of Randolph on Wednesday night. Coming into the matchup the two teams posted identical records with the winner moving up in the ODAC standings.
The game started well enough for the home team. After a Randolph score, Tayler Broyles hit a three pointer to give Hollins their first lead of the night. Little did they know it would be the only hoop of the opening quarter. The WildCats turned over their hosts nine times and held Hollins to just 1-11 from the field in building a 16-3 first quarter lead. The second period would see Hollins start the long, slow, process of mounting a game long comeback. Broyles would hit two more long range jumpers in the second frame as Hollins would take the quarter, 14-13, and cut the deficit to 12 at the half. During the second 10 minutes of action, Hollins would take care of the ball much better, just two turnovers, and their defense would limit the visitors to just 21% shooting. The Green and Gold would continue to build on their new found momentum and would win the next period as well, 15-12. As was the case throuought the second and third quarters, Hollins would cut the deficit to nine in the early seconds of the final period. This time Hollins would not be stopped and the home team began to cut into the WildCat advantage and with 5:00 left to play, Sydney Strange hit a jumper to pull within six, 47-41. Randolph answered but then Broyles hit her fifth shot from behind the arc to make it 49-46. A Deana Campbell steal would lead to a LaChrisha Hill layup and the deficit had been cut to just a single point, 49-48. Over the next minute and a half Hollins would have three opportunities to take the lead but a turnover and missed shots allowed the WildCats to seize control and close out the game on a 6-2 run to pick up the ODAC victory, 55-50.
Broyles had games highs in points, 17, and assists, seven, to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Hill came off the bench to add 12 points and seven boards while Chesslyn Owens registered 11 points and three steals.
Taylor Samuels led Randolph with 14 points and none bigger than a nice step-through jumper with 1:49 remaining to stop the Hollins rally. Maura McMahon scored 13 while fellow senior Alexis Calloway dominated the glass with 15 of Randolph's 49 rebounds.
The next game will be a trip to Ashland to face Randolph-Macon on Saturday.