SALEM, Va. - Freshman Deaja Colden led six Hood College players in double figures to lead the Blazers past Roanoke 89-81 on the opening day of the Susan Dunagan Holiday Classic.
Colden went 10 of 11 at the free throw line on her way to a career-high 18 points. She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and added two steals.
The Blazers (6-5) opened the game with a 15-4 run, but the Maroons (6-4) pulled within 24-21 at the end of the first quarter.
A layup by Allison Livengood pulled Roanoke within 24-23 with 8:34 left in the second, but an 18-7 run by the Blazers made it 42-30 with 1:32 to go in the half.
Hood led 42-34 at halftime, but the lead was quickly erased by an 13-4 run to start the half by the Maroons. The lead was short lived, however, as Appleby sank back-to-back 3-pointers for a 52-47 lead with 4:41 left in the quarter.
Roanoke took the lead again, 58-57, on a layup by Ellen Wagner with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Colden scored with just three seconds remaining in the period, was fouled and made the free throw to make it 60-58 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hood built its lead to as many as 13 after a basket by Celina Herndon made it 81-68 with 4:01 to play.
Jamella Foster scored a game-high 20 points for Roanoke. Cary Beahm added 19 on 9 of 13 shooting. Molly Hassell scored 14 points, while Bridget Holleran had big all-around performance with 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
Both teams had solid shooting efforts. Hoot sank 49 percent of its shots, while the Maroons were even better at 50 percent. The Blazers knocked down 9 of 24 3-pointers (38 percent), while Roanoke attempted only six field goals behind the arc.
The win was Hood's third in a row.
The Blazers face Bridgewater (Va.) on Friday, December 30 at 10:30 a.m.