By Tyler Hofmann-Reardon
On Thursday, the Roanoke Women’s Basketball team squared off against Hollins University in a critical ODAC matchup. With an overall record of 5-9 (2-4 in the ODAC), and after struggling over winter break, the Maroons were in “must-win” mode as they took the court against a Hollins University squad with a 2-12 overall record and a 0-6 record in the ODAC.
Despite their record, Hollins University is a matchup nightmare. With a team centered on the outside jump shot, Hollins plays with a “live-and-die by the three” mentality. Although it can be tough to produce wins with this strategy because it relies on the entire team having a good shooting night, this strategy can just as easily be the deadliest in the game when a team is feeling it from beyond the arc. In order to neutralize Hollins’ shooters, Roanoke dropped into a series of zones that forced Hollins to score inside. Roanoke’s 3-2 zone worked wonders against Hollins’ shooters and forced numerous turnovers and missed shots when the ball was forced into the paint.
With a successful defensive strategy in place, all Roanoke had to do was put points on the board. This was one area the team has struggled in over the past few games. Fortunately, the Maroons have Cary Beahm. Beahm put up a career-tying 23 points on Hollins and continued her incredible season from the floor. Scoring at the impressive rate of 16.8 points per game, Beahm currently ranks third in ODAC scoring and is gunning for first after her 23 point outburst on Thursday. Beahm’s career night helped the Maroons push past Hollins for a commanding 62-50 win. With the victory, the Maroons move to 3-4 in the ODAC (6-9 overall) and Hollins drops to 0-7 in the ODAC (2-13 overall).
The Maroons play next on Saturday for Maroon Madness at 1:00 p.m. against Eastern Mennonite. Be sure to come out and support the Maroons as they look to turn a page and start a winning streak in what will likely be another incredible game for the red-hot Beahm.