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Spirits Trek to Virginia to Face Hollins

Spirits Trek to Virginia to Face Hollins

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Salem basketball team will make the short trip to Roanoke, Va., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to take part in its second road game of the season when the Spirits square off against Hollins at 7 p.m.

Salem, which remains in search of its first win triumphing 78-66 against Methodist on Jan. 16, 2019, will be making its first road trip of the season since suffering a 100-49 setback to Clinton College on Nov. 23.

Through the first six games of the season, Salem is led by the combination of Alize Brooks and Sydney Bowen. Brooks leads the way with 85 points, hitting 30-for-81 from the floor and 11-of-33 from beyond the arc, in 194 minutes of play. Bowen is nine points behind Brooks' mark for the season, knocking down 30-of-84 shots from the field, including 11-of-32 from 3-point range.

The Spirits have also received significant production from the duo of Lauren Privette and Aubrey Slaughter. Privette has hauled in 63 rebounds (44 defensive) along with a team-best 10 blocks, while Slaughter has pulled down 53 rebounds (37 defensive).

Hollins (4-3) is 2-2 at home through its first seven contests, including a recent 82-68 victory over Washington & Lee on December 4. The Green and Gold followed up that win with a decisive 71-63 triumph over Virginia Wesleyan on Dec. 7.

Sophomore guard Kayla Surles tops the Hollins lineup in scoring with 111 points, converting 35-of-82 from the floor (42.7%) and 15-of-37 (40.5%) from beyond the arc. She has also knocked down 26-of-32 (81.3%) from the charity stripe. Joining Surles among the team's statistical leaders is Yasmine Tyler, who has scored 101 points by virtue of hitting 39-of-81 (48.1%) from the floor and 23-of-24 (95.8%) at the free throw line.

Tyler is also making her presence felt on the glass for Hollins with a team-best 58 rebounds (15 offensive), while making 10 steals. Teammate Keyazia Taylor is second in rebounding with 44 (37 defensive), to go along with 10 steals and nine blocks.

LAST OUTING FOR SPIRITS (vs. Pfeiffer / Dec. 6): A 17-1 run that spanned 4:17 of the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Pfeiffer escaped with a 72-67 victory over Salem in women's basketball action at Varsity Gym on Friday, December 6. The Spirits were led by the combination of Bowen (21 points) and Slaughter (12 points / 11 rebounds) in the setback.

Bowen led the way for the Salem (0-6, 0-2 USA South) offense by hitting 9-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, while adding two assists and two blocks. Slaughter put together the first double-double of the season for the Spirits after hitting 6-of-12 from the floor. The first-year post player made her presence felt in the paint with 11 rebounds, pulling down six on the offensive end.

Also topping double figures for the Spirits were Brooks and Dionne Sampson, who finished with 13 points apiece. Brooks reached double digits for the fifth time this season by knocking down 3-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-8 attempts at the charity stripe. Sampson, who also dished out a team-best six assists, reached double figures for the second time in the early season. She finished 6-of-16 from the field, including a 1-for-3 outing from beyond the arc.

Privette tied Slaughter for the team-high in total rebounds (11), pulling down seven on the defensive glass. Along with six points, Privette also contributed two steals.

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