Roanoke, VA - Following a slow start that thwarted a comeback bid in Lexington on Saturday, Hollins looked to get out quickly against Lycnhburg College on Wednesday night. The Hornets came into the game tied for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) lead with a 6-2 conference mark.
Both teams were on fire to start the game. Lynchburg hit their first two shots from long range and starting the evening going 5-6 from behind the arc. However, Hollins would match the Hornets basket for basket. Sydney Strange hit a pair of three pointers and netted 10 first quarter points on 4-5 shooting. Lynchburg College would shoot 60% (9-15) but their percentage would pale in comparison to Hollins 73.3% (11-15) effort. Thanks to their long range success, the Hornets would take a one point lead after the opening period of play, 25-24. The home team would look to re-take the lead early in the second quarter but Lynchburg picked up a pair of stops and looked to pull away. Each time the Horents scored to open up a two possession lead, Hollins would score to keep in extremely close. A late surge saw Lynchburg take a six point lead, their largest to that point. The closing seconds would prove crucial as a Hollins turnover would give the ball to their guests with just 30 ticks remaining. A near steal caused a loose ball that found the hands of Michelle Montgomery who heaved a desperation shot to the rim that splashed through the net as time expired to give Lynchburg a nine point advantage at the break, 46-37. An 8-0 run over the first four minutes of the second half was all that the Hornets would need to end any hopes of a Hollins comeback. Despite Hollins best shooting night of the season, 50.9% (28-55), the home team couldn't get enough stops to pull off the upset of Lynchburg and fell 81-61.
Keyazia Taylor led four Hollins players in double figures with 16 points. Taylor would add a game high seven rebounds while Tayler Broyles added 14 points and seven assists. Strange would finish with 12 points and LaChrisha Hill would come off the bench to score 13 points and four rebounds.
Alex Allen came off the Hornet bench to lead the way with 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists. The starting frontcourt for Lynchburg each posted double figures. Molly Shephard had 13, Brittany Afolabi-Brown added 12, and Caroline Naumann finished with 10 in just 18 minutes of play.
Hollins will have a busy weekend that starts with a trip to Virginia Beach to face Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday before coming home to host Wilson College on Sunday afternoon.