Hollins Rally Turned Away By Royals

action photo of Hollins basketball player Kayla Surles driving past a defender
Kayla Surles led all scorers with 17 points

Event: Basketball - Eastern Mennonite at Hollins (Roanoke, VA)

The lead: The Hollins basketball team looked for their third win in the past four days when Eastern Mennonite came to town for a 2:00pm tip. After picking up their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win over Ferrum on Wednesday, Hollins won a non-conference game against Notre Dame of Maryland last night.

The result: Eastern Mennonite 59-48

How it happened: Having just gotten off the court 17 hours prior to tip, Hollins really struggled with their shooting, hitting just one for their 17 first quarter shots. However, the Royals were not able to pull away and led by just seven. The second frame was better for a Hollins squad that had cut the lead to just five, 19-14, with 55 seconds remaining. Chrissy Delawder got free for two uncontested three pointers and the junior would give Eastern Mennonite an 11 point edge at the break. Hollins appeared to be out of gas in a third frame that would see them trail by 18 heading into the final 10 minutes of play. The home team would start to mount a rally midway through the quarter and made it a six point game with 28 seconds to go. EMU hit their free throws and, in the end, held on for the ODAC victory.

Hollins notes:

  • Hollins would win the battle of the boards, 44-41, and score 18 points on the Royals 14 turnovers
  • Kayla Surles had game high's in points (18) and steals (4)
  • Sally Sroge added 10 points with Keenan Surles scoring nine and seven rebounds
  • With 12 more rebounds, Keyazia Taylor now sits second in the ODAC with 183

Eastern Mennonite notes:

  • Delawder completed a perfect afternoon, 4-4 from the field, 3-3 from the three point line, and 2-2 from the stripe for 13 points, nine rebounds, an assist, and one blocked shot
  • Lexi Dean and Emily McCombs also had 13 points each
  • There were eight total blocked shots in the game, four by Dean

What's next: Hollins will have a few days rest before they make the short trip across town to face Roanoke College on Wednesday night.