WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 15, 2017) – Rollins had 10 different players score and rolled to its 10th-straight win, beating Barry 66-59 in Sunshine State Conference action.
The victory gives the Tars sole possession of third place in the conference and guarantees a home game for the first round of the SSC Tournament on March 1. Rollins trails league leader Eckerd by 1.5 games and second-place Florida Southern by just a half game with two games left on the schedule.
Carly McLendon led Rollins (18-6, 12-4 SSC) with 16 points, three rebounds and four blocks. Marie Gilbert scored 10 points, all in the second half, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.
Barry (5-20, 3-14 SSC) got 20 points and 15 rebounds from Kiara Palmer. Lexy Schoonover added 13 points.
Rollins is on the road for the last time in the regular season, next traveling to Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l Rollins quickly scored on each of its first three possessions to take a 6-0 lead and force a Barry timeout. The Bucs came all the way back and put the Tars down 14-9 with 3:26 left in the quarter, but the home team responded and knotted the score at 17 after the first 10 minutes.
Second Quarter l Barry shot 7-of-10 in the second, but Rollins seven offensive rebounds led to more chances as the Tars led 28-20 after a Brittany Betts three-pointer at the 4:47 mark. The Bucs closed to within four before Rollins ran back out to an eight-point advantage by halftime, 36-28.
Third Quarter l The Tars weren’t able to extend the lead in the third quarter as a 10-0 Barry run put the visitors up 42-40 with 3:36 on the clock. Jo Bistrow drained a long three-pointer on the next possession to get Rollins back on top. The Bucs retook the lead with 1:02 left in the quarter and again Betts had the answer with another three-pointer. Rollins headed into the fourth with a 50-49 lead.
Fourth Quarter l As has been the case during its 10-game winning streak, Rollins closed strong in the fourth quarter. Gilbert scored six-points over the first four minutes of the quarter and led the Tars to a 58-49 advantage. Rollins pushed its lead to 62-49 with less than five minutes to play and would let Barry no closer than seven the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 25-54 (46 percent) Barry 22-58 (38 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 3-14 (21 percent) Barry 8-26 (31 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 13-16 (81 percent) Barry 7-9 (78 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 32, Barry 35 • Turnovers: Rollins 9, Barry 12 • The game had two ties and eight lead changes
GAME NOTES • Rollins improves to 47-20 all-time against Barry and swept the season series. • Rollins is ranked No. 3 in the first NCAA Division II South Region rankings of the season, released Wednesday. • Rollins nine turnovers ties a season-low (also against Embry-Riddle) • Carly McLendon moved into ninth on the Tars all-time blocks list. She has had at least two blocks in each of the last 11 games. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. improves to 681-233 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins next travels to Tampa on Saturday, February 18 for the final road game of the regular season. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.