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Following a successful 2011-12 basketball campaign, Hollins entered this season with optimism and promise. After finishing in a tie for seventh last year in the 12-team Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Hollins was selected in the ODAC pre-season coaches poll to repeat in seventh place, the highest any Hollins hoops squad has been selected in the poll in recent history.
Hollins got off to a slow start this year by dropping five of their first six games, including an 0-3 start against conference foes. However, a thrilling overtime win over Salisbury heading into the holiday break seemed to turn the season around. Hollins won five games in January, and back-to-back wins late in the season put the team in the middle of the ODAC standings heading into the final week of conference play. A showdown with Roanoke College was all that stood between Hollins and hosting a home game in the opening round of the ODAC tournament. Hollins led throughout the contest and with just 16 seconds left to play, found themselves with a chance to finish off the Maroons. However, disaster struck as Roanoke pulled off a miraculous comeback victory and sent Hollins on the road for the tournament opener.
Hollins played a spirited game at Shenandoah but fell to the Hornets in the ODAC tournament’s first round.
Although not the season that they had envisioned, Hollins completed a successful 2012-13 season with a 9-16 mark, just one win short of last year’s record-tying ten victories. Hollins will have to replace a trio of seniors but have a strong nucleus returning for the 2013-14 season.
Jasmine Greene '13, Hampton, VA: Greene wrapped up her record-setting career with her best season to date. She led the ODAC in scoring (19.2) and assists (4.2) while finishing second in steals, eighth in free throw percentage and tenth in shooting percentage. For her efforts, she was named All-ODAC First Team this year after earning Second Team honors the past two seasons. Greene was chosen as the ODAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week three times this season, a Hollins record. She will leave Hollins as the all-time leader in points (1,760), assists (393), and steals (270).
Lacie Forrest '13, Richmond, VA: Forrest's senior campaign started slowly, but she finished with a bang, ranked 14th in the ODAC with 10.5 points per game. She was second on the team in scoring, assists, and steals, and third in rebounding. Following her 14-point, 15-rebound effort in a 12-point win over Randolph, Forrest was named Hollins Student-Athlete of the Week (SAOW) for the second time this year.
Chanci Wright '14, Eden, TX: After wrapping up the 2011-12 season with three double-doubles, Wright posted a strong 2012-13 season in the post for Hollins. She led the team in rebounding and shooting percentage and was the third-leading scorer. Her 9.4 rebounds per game ranked second in the ODAC and her 4.1 offensive rebounds per game was tops in the conference. Wright led the ODAC in shooting percentage for a majority of the season and ultimately finished fourth, hitting 48.7% of her shots. She was named SAOW after setting a Hollins single-game record by making all nine of her shots against Meredith College.
The Hollins basketball team's rebuilding moved forward this past season. With an overall record of 10-15 and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) mark of 8-12, a roster filled with young and talented players helped Hollins reach heights the program hadn’t seen in some time. No Hollins team had won 10 games since the 2002-03 squad notched 10 victories, and the eight ODAC wins were the most by a Hollins team since the 1992-93 season.
On the final day of the season, Hollins found themselves in need of a victory to have a chance to make the ODAC tournament for the first time in eight seasons. Hollins secured that win with a huge 74-66 upset win over ODAC power Randolph-Macon. Unfortunately, across town Roanoke College upset eventual ODAC runner-up Virginia Wesleyan and Hollins missed the tournament by virtue of the conference tie breaking system. Despite the disappointment, the future for Hollins is extremely bright. The team will not lose a single player to graduation and will enter next season poised to take yet another step forward in the extremely tough ODAC.