Roanoke, VA - The Hollins basketball team defended her home floor for the final time when Roanoke College made the short trip across town for a Valentine's Day matchup. Hollins came into their home finale looking to upset the Maroons and gain some much needed momentum with just days remaining in advance of the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Basketball Tournament.
The night got started with neither team being able to establish their offense. After almost two and a half minutes of scoreless play, Keyazia Taylor hit a pair of baskets to give the home team an early advantage. Laura McManimen hit a three pointer to close the gap but Hollins answered with another Taylor hoop. After scoring the first seven points of the night for Hollins, Taylor finally started to get some help from her teammates and they built a five point lead at the end of the quarter, 16-11. The Green and Gold looked to pull away but each time they had a chance to push the lead into double digits, McManimen would connect from long range to cut the Roanoke deficit. Deana Campbell scored in the final minute to push the lead to 10 heading into the break, 33-23. The advantage could have very well been much larger had McManimen not hit four of her six attempts from long range.
In the second half, Hollins continued to use a stingy defense that would hold the Maroons to just 28.8% shooting for the night and a dominate effort on the glass that saw the home team enjoy a 54-32 edge. Hollins quickly stretched the lead to 12 and held it there for the first 5:00 of the frame. However, turnovers started to allow Roanoke to chip away at the lead and after Kristina Harrel scored her ninth point of the second half, the lead was down to three, 43-40. Hollins closed the quarter on a 3-0 run to take a six point lead into the finale. Another McManimen three ball made it a two point game, 55-53, with 3:27 remaining. Tayler Broyles hit one of two from the stripe but Victoria Maxwell hit a layup to make it a one point game in the final minute. Hollins would hold the Maroons to just a single point the rest of the way and thanks to taking care of the ball and hitting free throws, Hollins would pull away for their first ODAC win of the season, 64-56.
Campbell registered 19 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. LaChrisha Hill also recorded a double-double with 18 points and 16 boards while Taylor adding 13 points and six rebounds. Broyles had to go most the game as the primary ball handler and finished with nine points, six rebounds, and a game high seven assists. Emily Jo Huffard helped the Hollins inside dominance with five points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots.
McManimen finshed with 22 on 7-14 shooting from beyond the arc. Harrel scored 14, all in the second half while Maxwell and Megan Wheeler would each have six points and five rebounds.
Hollins will wrap up their regular season with a trip to Harrisonburg to face Eastern Mennonite on Saturday night. The game with the Royals is scheduled to tip at 7:00pm.