Roanoke, VA - After starting the season 2-1, the Hollins basketball team experienced a pair of firsts on Sunday afternoon. They played on their home court for the first time when they welcomed Virginia Wesleyan to town for both team's 2016-17 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) debuts. Hollins would enjoy a 15-12 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Marlins after that. Virginia Wesleyan broke open the game by holding their hosts to just 18 points over the final 30 minutes to claim the conference win, 60-33.
Hollins fell behind early, as the visitors raced out to a 7-2 advantage. Hollins gain the lead by virtue of a 13-2 run but an end of quarter three pointer by Jayla Harris would cut the Hollins lead to three. The Harris triple would prove to be a theme as the high scoring sophomore would begin and end each of the next three periods with a long range shot, including a buzzer beater at the half to give the Marlins a seven point lead at the break, 27-20.
After shooting 58.3% in the opening quarter, Hollins would struggle the rest of the way, connecting on just eight of their final 42 shots. A 20-5 third quarter all but put the game away for Virginia Wesleyan. Hollins dug themselves a big hole by turning the ball over 19 times, leading to 14 Marlin points. On the boards, Virginia Wesleyan scored another 16 points on their 24 offensive rebounds.
Despite sitting for much of the first half with a pair of fouls, Deana Campbell led the home team with eight points, six rebounds, and two assists. Seniors Porsha Waddey and Jewellanna Parfitt scored seven and six respectively. Parfitt added five boards, four assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Waddey added six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Nicolette Valencia and LaChrisha Hill came off the bench to recorded six points apiece.
Thanks to 6-8 shooting from beyond the arc, Harris led all scorers with 20 points to go with eight rebounds and four helpers. Amanda Gerni added eight points with NiAsia Caldwell scoring seven. The Marlins used their deep bench, seeing 11 different players score on the afternoon.
Hollins will have a tough task on December 1st when they travel to Lynchburg to face the defending ODAC champion Hornets.