BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 26, 2011) - The 19th-ranked Rollins women's basketball team was up 24 in the first half, but had to hold on down the stretch to beat Lynn 84-75 on Wednesday.
Rollins moves to 17-3 on the season and hits the halfway point of the Sunshine State Conference season with a record of 5-3. Lynn drops to 8-10 overall and 2-6 in the SSC.
Kristina Mingos hit five 3-pointers and led Rollins (17-3, 5-3 Sunshine State Conference) with 20 points and six rebounds. Sarah Blackburn netted 15 and snared seven rebounds while Kourtnie Berry added 13 points.
Lynn was paced by a game-high 27 from Chelsea Patterson on 10-of-24 shooting from the field. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Quanisha Dixon added 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
The Tars shot 50 percent (28-56) in the game and 48 percent (12-25) from 3-point range. The Knights struggled in the first half (26 percent), but shot 53 percent in the second and were able to erase Rollins' lead.
Rollins outscored Lynn 13-5 in a five-minute stretch during the first half, to take a 17-6 lead six minutes into the game. The Tars maintained the lead until LU pulled to within 26-19 with 6:39 to play in the half. Mingos hit a triple on Rollins' next possession and sparked a 19-3 Tars run to give them a commanding 45-21 advantage in the final seconds of the period.
Dixon sank a 3-pointer of her own with 17 seconds to play to make the score 45-24 in favor of Rollins at the half.
Lynn caught fire coming out of the locker room and outscored Rollins 25-10 over the first 10 minutes of the second half and cut the Tars lead to five, 49-54. A pair of triples from Mingos and pair of Blackburn free throws got the lead back to double-digits, only to have Lynn come back and tie the score at 63 after a Patterson 3-pointer with 6:39 left.
Amber Heistan answered with a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and sparked a 13-2 run to give Rollins a comfortable lead down the stretch. They then went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and got stops on the defensive end for their second straight win.
Rollins will be back on the road on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Nova Southeastern. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM, WPRK.