WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 2, 2011) - Amber Heistan drained five 3-pointers and netted 20 points to lift the 19th-ranked Rollins women's basketball team over the University of Tampa, 74-66 on Wednesday evening in Warden Arena.
The Tars pick up a key victory over the Spartans, and advance to a mark of 19-3, and 7-3 in Sunshine State Conference action. With the loss, Tampa drops to 15-5, and 7-3 in the SSC.
Rollins saw double-digit scoring efforts from three different Tars, led by Heistan's 20-point performance. Paris Moore notched 15 points, with Kristina Mingos tallying 13 and grabbing a team-best seven boards.
Gianna Messina led the Spartans as she posted 22 points behind 7-of-14 from the field, including 6-of-12 from long range. Lindsey Watson added 13 points, while Jaleesa Harmon earned 11 points on the evening.
Rollins opened up the game with two treys from Heistan, but the Spartans kept pace with the Tars throughout the first half, battling back to within one point of the Tars with a score of 23-22 and 4:13 remaining before the half.
Kourtnie Berry ignited a late first half run for Rollins with a layup at the four minute mark, sparking a 13-point spurt that ended with another Berry old fashioned 3-point play to put the Tars ahead 36-22 with 1:17 before the break.
The Spartans closed out the first period with a 6-0 run, but Rollins still led by eight at the break, 36-28.
Tampa opened up the second half building upon their late first half sprint and out-scored Rollins 11-3 in the first three minutes of the period. The Run made the count 39-39 with 16:49 to play.
Despite the early Spartan sprint, the Tars remained steady, pulling out to as much as 12 in the second half and never relinquishing their lead. Tampa wouldn't get any closer than two the rest of the way as the Tars rolled to their third straight win.
Rollins finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field, 33 percent from long range, and 57 percent from the charity stripe. Tampa finished the game shooting 61 percent from the free throw line, but only finding success on 32 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 41 percent from the field.
The Tars return to action on Saturday, February 5, when they travel to Eckerd for more Sunshine State Conference action. Tipoff against the Tritons is slated for 2 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com, as well as locally on the radio on 91.5 WPRK.