Three Point Line Sinks Hollins

Action photo of basketball player Keyazia Taylor battling for a rebound
Keyazia Taylor had 11 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots

Lynchburg, VA - Saturday marked the first of three consecutive weekend road games for a Hollins team that enters the final two weeks of the regular season looking for positioning going into the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. Randolph College played host in a rematch of an earlier game this season that was won by the WildCats, 55-50.

For the second game in a row, the three point line would play a big part in deciding the outcome. Randolph hit a trio of trifectas in the first quarter as the home team raced out to a 15-5 advantage. The WildCats pushed their lead to 13 before Hollins mounted a mid-period comeback. A Tayler Broyles three ball would spark a rally and after an Emily Jo Huffard basket, the lead had been cut to three, 23-20, with 2:30 minutes left til the break. However, the WildCats would close the frame on a 7-0 surge, thanks in part to their fifth score from beyond the arc, and take a 30-20 halftime lead. The two long two foes would trade baskets for a majority of the third quarter but Hollins could only manage to pull to with seven, 37-30, heading into the finale. As was the case back in January, the Green and Gold would make it a one possession game going into the final minutes of play, 46-44. Once again it was Randolph that would control the closing stages, outscoring their guests, 7-3, to secure the 53-47 conference win. 

Keyazia Taylor and LaChrisha Hill each scored 11 to pace Hollins. Taylor added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots while Huffard would add eight boards. Broyles scored eight points to go with four assists and Chesslyn Owens netted six.

Randolph shot better from long range than they did from inside the arc and as was the case on Tuesday night against Eastern Mennonite, Hollins would see her opponent hit over 40% of their shots from deep. Taylor Samuels and Maura McMahon would combine to go 6-11 from three point land and score 24 of the WildCat's 53 points while Kalyn Banks added 12.

Hollins host Washington and Lee on Wednesday night for a 7:00pm tip.