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The Hollins basketball team came into the 2013-14 season having lost, arguably, the best player in school history and with a young, fairly inexperienced roster. Hollins took the court in November with a first-year backcourt that would have to step in and deliver an immediate impact if the team was to continue to move up the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standings.
Hollins hit the ground running with a matchup against Widener College, a participant in the 2013 NCAA DIII National Tournament. The team fought hard and had a chance against the veteran Widener squad, but in the end came up just short. The next night, Hollins rebounded to defeat a favored Hood College team by double digits and set the tone for the season. After a victory over non-conference foe Mary Baldwin College, Hollins had a winning record heading into conference play. The young players learned right away that winning in the ODAC was much different than anything they had yet experienced. After dropping their first two league games, Hollins headed into the winter break with a 2-8 record and would have to regroup before the arrival of a tough January schedule.
The first test in the New Year was a date with cross town and ODAC rival Roanoke College. Hollins was unable to best the Maroons, but the team played with a poise and confidence that would allow them to embark on a three-game winning streak. In their best stretch of the season, Hollins defeated Cedar Crest, Southern Virginia, and Washington and Lee to improve their record to 5-7 at the midway point. Throughout the second part of the season, Hollins went through many highs and lows but continued to improve each and every time out. A late January afternoon saw Virginia Wesleyan College, ranked in the top three in the ODAC at the time, come to town. A late three-pointer forced overtime. Hollins fell, but after that game the entire ODAC took notice. At season’s end Hollins had gained the respect they sought. Hollins had a rematch with the Marlins in the ODAC Tournament and at the half had a great chance to pull the upset. However, Virginia Wesleyan was able to fend off a game Hollins squad, thus ending the season for a team that is set up for a successful 2014-15 campaign.
Chanci Wright '14, Eden, TX: Wright was the only player in the ODAC to average a double-double for the season, earning her a berth on the All-ODAC Third Team. In an early season matchup against Hood College, she tied a single-game school record when she pulled down 22 rebounds. She was second on the team with 10.2 points per game while leading the team with 10.9 rebounds per contest.
Jewell Parfitt '17, Roanoke, VA: Parfitt stayed close to home after graduating form Patrick Henry High School and led Hollins in scoring with 11.9 points per game. She ended the year as the leading first-year scorer in the ODAC. She led the team in scoring 11 times, including 10 of the final 17 games of the season.
Taylor Catron '17, Tazewell, VA: Catron started the season on the wing and subsequently handled point guard duties for Hollins. She was third on the team with 9.7 points per game; her 4.6 rebounds per night ranked her second on the squad, and her 65 assists led the team.
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.