By Tyler Hofmann-Reardon
The Roanoke Women’s Basketball team squared off against Hollins University in the Maroons’ last home game and second-to-last regular season game of the year. The Maroons entered the the contest with an overall record of 7-16 (4-11 in the ODAC) while Hollins entered with dismal records of 3-21 overall and 1-14 in the ODAC. Looking for a win in their final home game of the season, the Maroons had a great opportunity against a struggling Hollins squad.
The Maroons bounded out of the gate in the first half, cutting into Hollins’ shoddy defense on nearly every possession. Roanoke exploded for two consecutive runs, 12-5 and then 16-0 in the half and played stellar defense for the first 13 minutes, forcing tough shots and long rebounds for Hollins. However, Hollins was able to save its half somewhat by trading baskets with the Maroons in the final 7 minutes of the first half. This made little impact on the Maroons’ monstrous lead, and the first half ended with the Maroons leading by 21, 41-20.
Roanoke displayed more of the same stellar basketball in the second half, putting together a 16-3 run in the opening minutes of the half. After this initial run, the game was all but over. With eight minutes left to play, the Maroons had doubled Hollins’ score 72-36. With such a large deficit to overcome, Hollins had noticeably given up, and the Maroons were able to coast for the remaining minutes of the game. When the smoke cleared and the final horn sounded, the Maroons came out on top in an absolute rout of Hollins, 84-47.
Continuing with tradition, Cary Beahm led the Maroons, this time with 16 points and a career best of 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season. Beahm’s 420 points rank her 14th all-time at Roanoke in single season scoring, while her impressive clip of 175 points per game places her in 6th all-time at Roanoke for points per game. Meghan Gadell followed Beahm’s performance with 15 points, and Jamella Foster notched 10 off the bench for the Maroons. Sophomore Bridget Holleran, who has played some excellent games down the stretch for the Maroons, recorded 9 points and 4 steals on the night.
With this win, the Maroons are now tied for 10th in the conference entering the final game of the season. As of today, it appears the Maroons will either square off against rival Lynchburg, Virginia Wesleyan, or possibly Guilford. Lynchburg has a much stronger record at 12-3 than Virginia Wesleyan and Guilford who have records of 9-6 and 8-6 respectively. Therefore, it would be in the Maroons’ best interest to secure a win in the final game of the season in order to secure their opening round playoff game against Guilford or Virginia Wesleyan. A win in the opening round would also guarantee the Maroons a game at the Salem Civic Center in the ODAC quarterfinals.
The Maroons close out their season with a Men’s and Women’s doubleheader against Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday. Be sure to cheer for the Maroons as they look to close out their seasons on a high note and secure a their spots in the ODAC playoffs.