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No. 14 Rollins Rolls Tampa; Remains in Hunt for Conference Title
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 02/01/2012

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WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 1, 2012) - Now in the last month of the season, 14th-ranked Rollins solidified itself as a contender for the conference title, running away from Tampa 79-51 Wednesday.

The win keeps Rollins (16-3, 8-2 SSC) in a tie with Barry for first place in the Sunshine State Conference.

Eleven different players scored for Rollins, led by 11 points from Sarah Blackburn. Ashley Losch and Kourtnie Berry each added 10 while Kristina Mingos tallied nine points and seven rebounds.

Tampa (9-11, 2-8 SSC) was paced by 18 points from Moriah Hodge while Jaleesa Harmon added 15.

Rollins jumped out to a 7-2 lead only to have UT come back and lead 8-7 five minutes into the game. The advantage would be short lived and the Spartans only of the night, however as a Blackburn triple on the next possession put the Tars ahead for good.

The Tars held a 21-17 lead at the 7:20 mark and slowly pulled away the rest of the period, going into halftime ahead 38-24.

Rollins' offense methodically extended the gap to start the second period as the Tars led 60-40 with 8:20 to play. They would go on to lead by as much as 30, 77-47, late in the game.

The Tars shot 49 percent (32-65) from the field and hit nine 3-pointers while UT hit 43 percent (18-42) and was just 4-of-15 from long range. Rollins earned a 32-29 rebounding edge and forced 25 Spartans turnovers while committing just 12.

Rollins heads to St. Petersburg on Saturday, Feb. 4 to face Eckerd at 2 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at and locally on 91.5 FM, WPRK.

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