Roanoke, VA - After closing out 2017 with a win at Notre Dame, Hollins looked to issue in the new year by running her win streak to two games when they hosted Central Penn College on Tuesday night. Both Hollins and the Knights came in off wins and looked to continue their winning ways in 2018.
The home team raced out to a 7-0 advantage and looked to make quick work of the visitors from the Keystone State. However, the Knights would score three points and then hold Hollins scoreless for almost four minutes of play. A Sydney Strange triple pushed the lead to eight, 11-3, before Central Penn closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 11-8. The second quarter would once again see the Hollins defense keep her opponent off the board and pushed their advantage to 15-8 after 3:00. The Knights would rally and after scoring seven straight, took their first lead of the evening 20-19. Strange would strike from long range in the final 30 seconds to give Hollins the lead at the break, 24-20. In the second half, Hollins would try to pull away, but each time the road team would rally to keep the game close. Hollins would get a little breathing room at the end of the frame and took an eight point advantage into the final 10 minutes. Thanks to a dominating performance on the glass, 52-27, and interior scoring, 32-8, Hollins would build a 14 point lead in the opening minutes of the final period. Central Penn would begin to press full court and Hollins struggled to take care of the ball. Thanks to nine Hollins turnovers and 16 points by Ja'Lynn Burton, the Knights would tie the game at 54-54 with just 1:19 remaining. On the next possession, Tayler Broyles registered her sixth assist of the night on a beautiful feed to an open Chesslyn Owens as Hollins retook the lead. A Deana Campbell free throw would push the advantage to three and after a Burton long range jumper was off the mark, Hollins held on for the 57-54 victory.
Strange led the Green and Gold with 14 points thanks to 4-5 shooting from downtown. Keyazia Taylor added 10 points and a game high 15 rebounds while fellow post play LaChrisha Hill just missed a double-double with 10 and nine boards. Campbell finished with 10 rebounds and seven assists to go with her eight points.
Burton led all scorers with 33 points, six rebounds, and six steals. Melissa Ruiz added 11 as the duo accounted for 44 of the team's 54 points.
Hollins will return to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action tomorrow night with a trip to Emory & Henry.