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Hollins Ends Season in Style

Jasmine Greene

Jasmine Greene '13

Roanoke, VA - Hollins University Basketball vs Randolph Macon College, February 18, 2012

Box Score

 

Saturday marked the final regular season ODAC game for Hollins.  Randolph Macon was the opponent in the season finale.  Hollins came off a great defensive effort last night against the ODAC leading Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan but it wasn't enough as Hollins fell by nine.  Hollins entered the game needing a win to try to secure one of the final slots in next week's ODAC Tournament.  After struggling at the start of the least five games, Hollins came out hot against the Yellow Jackets.  After a Macon basket, Hollins answered to take the lead, 6-4.  Hollins couldn't hold the lead as the visitors started to pull away and built an 11 point lead at the 4:50 mark.  Hollins finished the half on a 12-6 run to close the gap to five going into the break.  Hollins didn't allow the Jackets to build on the lead by staying close and found themselves tied at 46-46 with just 11:22 remaining.  Hollins scored to take their first lead of the second stanza but Randolph Macon quickly responded to tie the game once again.  Hollins then scored again to retake the lead and made a huge stop against the Yellow Jackets.  Hollins built on the lead and after a bucket and foul, found themselves with a seven point lead with just six minutes left to play.  The Jackets weren't done and cut the deficit to two going into the final two minutes of the match-up.  Hollins hit a big three pointer to push the lead back to five and Macon got no closer as Hollins finished the regular season with a 74-66 upset win over the visiting Yellow Jackets.

Jasmine Greene (Hampton, VA/Tabb) had a huge night with 32 points and seven assists.  Greene hit on 12 of her 19 shot attempts and was six of seven from the free throw line.  Backcourt mate Lacie Forrest (Richmond, VA/Meadowbrook) had a solid all around performance with 10 points, three rebounds, nine assists, and five steals.  Forrest's nine assists were one shy of the Hollins single game record.  Chanci Wright (Eden, TX/Eden) recorded her second straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.  Britney Campbell (Silver Spring, MD/Paint Branch) came off the bench to score 11 points, nine coming in the first half while Lauren Morris (Morehead, NC/Croatan) added seven rebounds, four assists, and a career high four blocked shots.

First-year guard Sarah Parsons carried the Yellow Jackets with 27 points.  Jillian Asay and Taylor Wieczorek each scored 10 points while Molly Brown added nine.  Senior Maggie Roy led the Jackets with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Hollins couldn't enjoy the victory long as word came in that Roanoke College had defeated Virginia Wesleyan and thus forcing a three way tie between Hollins, Roanoke, and Lynchburg College for the final two slots in the eight team tournament.  By virtue of the tiebreaker, Hollins will be the odd team out and despite winning eight conference games, will not qualify for the season ending tournament.  It marked the first time in the history of the ODAC that a team with eight or more wins did not make the field. 

Hollins ended an extremely successful campaign with a 10-15 overall record.  With no seniors, the future is bright for the Hollins squad going into next season.