MELBOURNE, Fla. (February 23, 2011) - Amber Heistan hit five 3-pointers and Rollins staved off a late Florida Tech run as the Tars beat the Panthers 69-60 on Wednesday.
The victory keeps Rollins (21-6, 9-6) fourth in the Sunshine State Conference and in position to host a first round SSC tournament game next week. Florida Tech falls to 21-6 overall and 10-5 in conference.
Heistan was 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-10 from 3-point range to lead all scorers with 19 points. In her second game back from injury, Tera McDaniel chipped in 14 points off the bench and Paris Moore recorded 11 rebounds and five assists.
Tamara Dowdell led the Panthers with 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Lynisha Nelson netted 12 points as well while Ashton McClairen added 10. Briauna Hagins gathered a game-high 17 rebounds, 12 on the offensive end.
Rollins opened up a 27-16 lead in the first half and appeared to add to with a Mingos steal and breakaway, but Tech was whistled for a shot clock violation and nullified the play. After a Tars miss, Dixon hit a 3-pointer to swing the momentum and spark a 12-0 run that put FIT up 28-27 with four to play in the half.
Heistan hit a triple to get the Tars back on track and Rollins went on to lead 35-34 at intermission.
With the scored tied at 49 in the second half, Rollins rolled off a 15-1 run that spanned seven minutes and took a commanding 65-50 lead. Tech quickly answered with a 10-0 spurt and closed the gap to 65-60 with 1:40 to play. The Tars then went 4-of-6 from the stripe down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Rollins shot 34 percent (23-67) from the field and 9-of-22 from the 3-point line. Tech hit 30 percent (20-66) from the floor and just 1-of-15 from long range. Each team tallied 49 rebounds on the night.
Fans can follow that action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM, WPRK.