BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 11, 2017) – Rollins surrendered just 16 second half points and rolled to its ninth straight win, beating Lynn 61-50 on the road Saturday. The Tars trailed by three at the half, but quickly erased the deficit with a big third quarter.
Carly McLendon posted her third double-double of the season, totaling 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way. Marie Gilbert scored 12 points to go along with five rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Paola Vazquez scored a game-high 18 to pace Lynn. Shaunt’e Tucker chipped in nine points and 11 rebounds.
The victory keeps Rollins (17-6, 11-4 Sunshine State Conference) in the hunt for the conference championship. Eckerd leads the way at 13-2 while Florida Southern sits 11-3 in conference play. Three games remain in the season for the Tars.
Rollins next hosts Barry in Winter Park on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l Rollins fell into an early 7-0 hole, but finally got rolling and took a 10-9 lead midway through the first. The hot streak abruptly ended as the Tars missed its next five shots and committed four turnovers, allowing Lynn to grab a 20-12 advantage after the first 10 minutes.
Second Quarter l The Tars played uphill the entire second quarter, tying the score five times, but were never able to grab the lead. Rollins trailed 34-31 at the half.
Third Quarter l Rollins defense flexed its muscles in the third, holding the Fighting Knights to just 2-of-17 shooting and forcing five turnovers. Gilbert drained a three-pointer at the 6:02 mark to finally put the Tars ahead 38-35. After a Lynn answer to tie the score, Tianna Rosser put Rollins ahead for good as the Tars went on to take a 46-40 lead after the third.
Fourth Quarter l Rollins used a 12-2 run to start the fourth to pull away. The Tars led 58-42 with 3:51 to play and would let Lynn not closer than 11 the rest of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 25-62 (40 percent) Lynn 21-61 (34 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 4-10 (40 percent) Lynn 5-17 (29 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 7-8 (88 percent) Lynn 3-6 (50 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 43, Lynn 33 • Turnovers: Rollins 19, Lynn 19 • Rollins six points allowed is its best defensive third quarter of the season.
GAME NOTES • Rollins has won nine in a row against Lynn and is now 38-6 all-time against the Fighting Knights. • Rollins 87.5 percent at the free throw line is a season best. • SSC Defensive Player of the Week Carly McLendon added two blocks and now ranks 10th in program history with 89, three back of Ashley Losch. She has had at least two blocks in each of the last 11 games. • Tanaya Jones is ninth in Tars history with 232 steals, four behind Paris Moore. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. improves to 680-233 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars are back at home on Wednesday, February 15, hosting Barry at 5:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.
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Rollins beat Barry Wednesday for its 10th straight victory