|Points||Gilbert - 19||McCarthy - 18|
|Rebounds||McLendon - 9||McCarthy - 8|
|Assists||Jones - 5||Williams - 7|
WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 1, 2017) – Rollins dropped a hard-fought battle to Florida Tech, falling to the Panthers 73-70 in the SSC Quarterfinals. In a game that featured six ties and 10 lead changes, six-seed Florida Tech was able to outlast the third-seed Rollins to advance to the SSC Tournament Semifinals.
Four Tars scored in double figures, led by Marie Gilbert with 19 points and seven rebounds. Julia Ingler also had a strong game for the Tars, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds. Carly McLendon and Jasmine Stone each had 10 points on the evening. McLendon narrowly missed out on a double-double, securing nine rebounds for the Tars.
DeLise Williams paced the Panthers with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and six steals. Julie McCarthy also had a solid night for Florida Tech, scoring 18 points and securing eight rebounds.
The loss drops the Tars’ record to 20-7 overall and with their No. 3 ranking, Rollins will be in the hunt for a NCAA South Regional Tournament bid. The Selection Show is set for Sunday night.
• Marie Gilbert (RC) 19 pts, 7 rebs
• Julia Ingler (RC) 16 pts, 6 rebs
• Julie McCarthy (FIT) 18 pts, 8 rebs
• DeLise Williams (FIT) 17 pts, 7 rebs, 7 assists, 6 steals
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER BY QUARTER ANALYSIS
First Quarter | The Tars jumped out to a 13-4 lead, going on a 9-0 run to force the Panthers into a timeout with 5:41 left in the quarter. The Panthers would then go on their own 10-0 run over the next three minutes due to a series of Rollins turnovers and hot-shooting from the field. With one minute remaining the Tars were able to equalize the score, but it was the Panthers who finished the quarter with a 19-18 lead.
Second Quarter | The Tars and the Panthers traded baskets for most of the quarter. With 3:35 left on the clock the Panthers would jump out to a 37-31 lead, but the Tars’ defensive effort forced the Panthers to 0-for-5 shooting over the next two minutes. The Panthers were able to end their shooting drought with just 41 seconds left, heading into half-time with a 39-34 lead.
Third Quarter | The Tars slowly chipped away at the Panthers’ lead throughout the quarter and with 3:29 left in the quarter, Brittany Betts made a layup to take a 49-48 lead, the Tars’ first lead since 2:07 in the first quarter. However, it was the Panthers who would take a 52-51 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Fourth Quarter | The score was tied twice and there were three lead changes in the final quarter, but the Panthers would gain the lead with 4:47 and never look back. The Tars fought hard, bringing the score within two with just 24 seconds left in the game, but the Panthers ultimately finished with a 73-30 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 24-60 (40 percent), Florida Tech 28-56 (50 percent)
• 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 3-12 (25 percent), Florida Tech 3-6 (50 percent)
• Free throws: Rollins 19-25 (76 percent), Florida Tech 14-19 (74 percent)
• Rebounding: Rollins 38, Florida Tech 33
• Assists: Rollins 17, Florida Tech 12
• Turnovers: Rollins 13, Florida Tech 10
• Rollins leads the all-time series against Florida Tech 52-23.
• Rollins is 47-29 all-all time in the SSC Tournament, including a 21-5 mark in the quarterfinals.
• Rollins is 6-10 all-time as the No. 3 seed and 8-5 against FIT in the SSC Tournament.
• Rollins sat third in the latest NCAA Division II South Region ranking.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
With their No. 3 ranking, the Tars will be in the hunt for an NCAA South Regional Tournament bid. The selection show is set for 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 on NCAA.com.
Story by Kylie Klotzbach