Hot Start Not Enough In Finale

Action photo of basketball player Tayler Broyles dribbling past an Eastern Mennonite defender
Tayler Broyles went 3-6 from the three point line at Eastern Mennonite

Harrisonburg, VA - For the final time in the 2017-18 regular season, the Hollins basketball team took the court looking to end the season on a two-game Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win streak. To continue her winning ways, Hollins must turn the tables on an Eastern Mennonite team that won in Roanoke back on January 20th.

Riding the momentum they gained with a win over Roanoke on Wednesday, Hollins got off to a hot start with a Tayler Broyles three and then a hoop by Keyazia Taylor made it 5-0. EMU would score but Deana Campbell answered and after an "old fashion" three point play by LaChrisha Hill, the Green and Gold would lead 12-5 after the first six minutes of play. However, the home team would catch fire from the three point line, the Royals shot 44.1% on 15-34 attempts back in January. On the back of 4-8 shooting from long range, Eastern Mennonite closed the quarter on a 15-3 run to take a 20-15 advantage. The night would go from bad to worse for the visitors as their hosts would continue to torch the nets from outside, 5-9 from the three point line in the second quarter, as the Royals would enjoy a 45-23 lead at the break. Hollins would never mount an sort of sistained rally in the second half as Eastern Mennonite would once again ride three point shooting in picking up their second win over Hollins this season, 71-37. EMU would best their long range performance at Hollins by hitting 50% of their attempts from beyond the arc, 13-26.

Campbell paced Hollins with 10 points while Broyles would add nine points, six boards, four assists and three steals. Taylor and Emily Jo Huffard would each grab a game high nine rebounds. 

Myneshia Walker would led the way with 14 points on her Senior Night. Walker, Lindsey Krisak, Chrissy Delawder, and Lexi Deffenbaugh would combine to hit 13 of their 20 three point attempts. 

Hollins will enter the ODAC Tournament as the 12 seed and make a trip to Washington and Lee for a first round matchup. The game with the Generals will tip at 7:00pm on Monday night in Lexington.