Slow Start Derails Hollins

Action photo of basketball player Chesslyn Owens (32) driving to the basket against a defender
Chesslyn Owens scored a game high 20 points against W&L

Lexington, VA - Hollins went on the road in search of picking up an Old dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win against Washington and Lee. The matchup with the Generals is the first of two times that the conference foes will see one another over the next 20 days.

For the first five minutes of play, the two rivals played even with Washington and Lee clinging to a slim lead, 8-6. However, the home team picked up the defensive pressure and their seniors began to carry the load on the offensive end as the Generals closed the opening period on a 15-0 run. Emma Redding and Emily Perszyk combined for 13 of their 23 points as W&L took a 23-6 advantage into the second frame. Hollins opened the second quarter by scoring eight of the first 11 points to start to close the gap. After the Generals opened up their largest lead of the afternoon, 18 points, Deana Campbell hit a three pointer to start a Hollins rally that would cut the deficit to 12 heading into the half, 38-26. During the second half, the Green and Gold would threaten to cut the lead into single digits but each time the home team would get a stop and answer with a hoop on the offensive end. Hollins would win the third and fourth quarters, 32-31, but couldn't mount any sort of serious rally and fell to the Generals, 69-58.

Chesslyn Owens made the most of her first start of the month by going 10-19 from the field to join Perszyk with a game high 20 points. Tayler Broyles continued here solid play of late by adding 14 points and four assists. LaChrisha Hill came off the bench to net 13 points and 11 rebounds while Campbell added six points and 11 boards.

Redding, 11, joined Perszyk as the only Washington and Lee players in double digits. However, a balanced Generals attack saw all nine players find the scoring column.

Hollins will be back at home on Wednesday night when they face the tough task of challenging the defending regular season champion Hornets of Lynchburg.