Hollins Welcomes Defending Champs

Action photo of basketball player Sydney Strange dribbling the ball
Sydney Strange hit four shots from beyond the arc against the Quakers

Roanoke, VA - The Hollins basketball team faced a tough task on Thursday night when they welcomed the defending Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Champions, Guilford College. The game was moved from the previous night due to weather and travel concerns and marked a rematch from an earlier game in Greensboro, which was won by the Quakers.

After falling to Guilford, 60-30, on November 29th, Hollins looked to turn the tables on their guests. From the opening tip, the Quakers seized control of the game with a 5-0 run to open play. However, each time the Quakers looked to pull away, Hollins would score to cut the deficit. Sydney Strange buried a trio of three pointers to pace all scores with nine first quarter points. After a Strange three, Tayler Broyles hit a jumper, and Keyazia Taylor followed suit to cut the lead to just a single point with two minutes remaining, 17-16. Over the final 2:00 of the opener and the first 5:30 of the second period, Guilford would use a 12-0 run to began to pull away. Hollins wouldn't go away and trailing 32-21 with 1:15 on the clock, Hollins would get a pair of stops and score four points on a single possession to pull to with seven, 32-25, at the break. The second half would see the defending champs begin to dominate on the defensive end of the floor, holding Hollins to just 5-25 from the field during the second 20 minutes. The Quakers would out-score their hosts 31-15 the rest of the way en route to a 63-40 ODAC victory.

Strange finished with a team and co-game high of 12 points. Broyles added eight and Taylor posted six points and 12 rebounds. Chesslyn Owens came off the bench to record six points while Deana Campbell handed out a game high six assists.

All ODAC performer Lauren Ramsey, one of the conference's best all-around players, played just 20 minutes but still registered a line of 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Miracle Walters added 10 while seven different Quakers scored at least six points.

Hollins will travel to Lexington to face Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon.