GREENSBORO, NC - It was a tale of two halves...in fact, it was actually just a tale of one quarter.
In the second, third and fourth quarters of Sunday's game against #25 Guilford, Hollins outscored the Quakers 47-44. But, unfortunately for the Green and Gold, NCAA women's basketball is a four quarter sport and the first quarter was the difference in the game as Guilford outscored Hollins 18-8 en route to a 62-55 win over upset-minded HU.
How It Happened
Hollins (2-3, 0-2 ODAC) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after layups from Yasmine Tyler and Serena Lytton. The Green and Gold defense held Guilford (5-0, 2-0 ODAC) scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, but after the Quakers hit their first bucket at the 6:05 mark, a three, they heated up fast, finishing the quarter on a 15-4 run. Guilford shot 50% from the field in the opening frame including 3-5 from behind the arc.
In the second, HU found it's shooting groove, hitting on 5-11 from the field. But more importantly, they were 100% from the charity stripe, including a perfect 4-4 from Tyler. The story of the third quarter was Hollins' defense, which forced the Quakers to shoot just 14% from three while Hollins outscored GC 12-11.
Neither team had much in the way off offense in the final quarter as the two teams were a combined 10-for-36 from the field. But despite the rough offensive day, Hollins was still in the game late. With 3:10 left and trailing by nine, a Lenah Clements three, followed by a Brianna Lohrmann layup brough HU within four. But strong freethrow shooting from the Quakers iced the game as they converted five of eight freethrows in the final minute.
Hollins was led by Tyler's 14 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of the season. Kayla Surles was the only other HU scorer in double-figures as she added 12 points to go with four assists. Lytton had nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
Stat of the Game
-Coming into Sunday's game, Hollins had made at least seven threes in all four of their games. In Sunday's loss, HU made just four of their 25 long ball attempts for a season-low 16%.
Hollins will be back at home on Wednesday as they take on the Generals of Washington and Lee. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.