Hollins Falls Despite Third Quarter Surge

Action photo of basketball player LC Hill dribbling against a defender
L.C. Hill posted a double-double against the Phoenix

Roanoke, VA - In the rarest of occurrences, Hollins hosted Wilson College on a Sunday afternoon for a late season non-conference matchup. The game marked the third of a four game in seven day stretch for a weary Hollins squad that just returned from Virginia Wesleyan last night.

Wilson raced out to an 11 point, first quarter, lead thanks in part to Hollins turnovers and missed shots. After being held scoreless for the opening period against Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, Hollins was looking at an 11-0 score with just 2:00 remaining on the clock. However, the home team ended the frame on a 6-0 run after a pair of LaChrisha Hill baskets and two Tayler Broyles free throws. As was the case yesterday, Hollins held the Marlins to just 30% shooting from the floor, it wasn't the fault of a defense that limited the Phoenix to just 27.8% on 5-18 shooting. The momentum quickly swung back in favor of the visitors as Wilson started the second quarter by pushing it's lead to double digits, 20-10, with less than five minutes remaining. The Green and Gold still couldn't find any offensive flow, mostly due to 14 first half turnovers, but a late Broyles three kept the game within reach, 27-17. The third quarter would belong to the team in white as Hollins came out of the break and quickly tied the game at 30-30. After the first of three Hill buckets, the home team would enjoy her first lead of the afternoon. Wilson would answer with a three ball but after Broyles connected on a layup, Hollins once again had the advantage, 36-35. Michaela Singer hit a three pointer to give the road team a 38-36 lead heading into the fourth. A pair of long range shots from the Phoenix to start the quarter would give them a lead that they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way and despite going just 8-20 from the free throw line, Wilson returned home with a 58-49 victory.

Hill posted a double-double with game high's in both points, 26, and rebounds, 11. Broyles posted another good all-around effort with 11 points, seven boards, four assists, and four steals. Sydney Strange added five points with Keyazia Taylor grabbing 10 rebounds. Taylor and Emily Jo Huffard combined for five of Hollins six blocked shots. 

Siner came off the bench to lead a balanced attack with 14 points on 3-9 shooting from downtown. Kristen Burdo posted 11 points and seven rebounds but every time Hollins looked to rally it was Jasmine Wallace that had an answer. Wallace finished the afternoon with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Hollins will return to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play on Tuesday when they receive a visit from Eastern Mennonite at 7:00pm.