FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Sometimes you thrive and sometimes you survive.
And survive is exactly what Hollins basketball did on Thursday as the Green and Gold overcame a fourth quarter deficit to take down Methodist 58-54 to pick up their fourth straight win, their first four-game win streak in team history.
How It Happened
Kayla Surles and Serena Lytton hit back-to-back shots to put Hollins (6-3, 2-2 ODAC) on the board early. The teams traded baskets before Methodist (1-7, 0-1 USA South) took a 9-8 lead. Kayla Surles drilled a three to put Hollins back on top and, after back-and-forth points, HU took a 15-14 lead into the second quarter.
Neither team could maintain a lead for most of the second quarter until, with the game tied at 22, the Monarchs used an 8-4 run to take a 30-25 lead into the half. For the half, Hollins shot just 32% (10-31) from the field and were just 4-10 from the free throw line.
MU extended their lead to start the third before Kayla Surles hit another three to pull back within five. Back-to-back buckets from Lytton and Brianna Lohrmann, along with a Kayla Surles backet and-one pulled Hollins within one. After another MU bucket, Keenan Surles hit a three to tie things at 38 until a free throw 1:03 left gave MU a one-point lead heading into the final frame.
Methodist kept and extended their lead to five before Lenah Clements hit a three to make it 47-45. After trading points, with HU trailing by one, Lytton hit the shot of the game, a three that bounced around the rim before falling through. That shot gave Hollins a two-point lead, their first since the 5:04 mark of the second quarter. Yasmine Tyler added a layup then, after a Monarch basket, Lytton made another three to give HU a five point cushion. It would prove to be the game winner as Methodist missed their final three shots and made just 2-6 free throws in the final 1:31.
Kayla Surles had a monster game, leading all scorers with 24 points in 40 minutes on 8-16 shooting. She also had six assists and four rebounds. Lytton finished with 14 points, including the game winner, as well as six rebounds and four steals.
Stat of the Game
-Hollins forced the Monarchs into 20 turnovers, which they converted into 19 points.
HU will have some time off for exams and the holiday break. They'll head to NC to take on Salem College on Dec. 30. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.