Roanoke, VA - With the start of the second semester looming on Wednesday morning, Hollins played host to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday night. The Royals came in with a 5-5 league mark while Hollins would look to pull off the upset and pick up her first conference win of the season.
Eastern Mennonite started the game on a 7-0 run thanks to their first three pointer of the night, a theme that would reoccur throughout the evening. Sydney Strange connected from beyond the arc to stop the Royals early run. However, another three ball by Lindsey Krisak sparked a surge that saw the visitors push their advantage to nine, 12-3. The Green and Gold began to chip away at the deficit and pulled to within five before a last second score would give Eastern Mennonite a 17-10 first quarter lead. Another three pointer pushed the advantage to 22-10 before Hollins began to mount a rally. Hollins would score 10 straight to close to within a hoop, 22-20, but couldn't complete the comeback and the visitors would close the half on a 15-2 run to go into the locker room with a 37-25 lead. The next 5:00 would see the lead cut in half heading into the media timeout. EMU would hit yet another three pointer to close the quarter with an eight point advantage. However Hollins would get no closer as the Royals wouldn't miss in the final period, shooting 66.7% from the field including 4-5 from long range to pick up the ODAC win, 72-55.
Eastern Mennonite went a sizzling 15-34 from the three point line, 44.1%, and hit only seven shots from within the arc. Lexi Deffenbaugh came off the bench and went 6-8 from long range to net 19 points. Krisak added 12 on 4-9 three point shooting and Myneshia Walker battled foul trouble to add nine points. The Royals bench went 10-14 from deep and every time Hollins would mount a rally, the three ball would allow the visitors to pull away.
Hollins will travel to Randolph over the weekend before returning home next Wednesday to host Washington and Lee.