ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 2, 2011) - Rollins and Eckerd were tied at intermission, but the second half belonged to the Tritons as the Tars were bounced from the Sunshine State Conference Tournament 70-62 on Wednesday.
Eckerd improves to 17-10 on the season while Rollins' year ends with a record of 21-8. The Tritons had the Tars number all season, winning three times and earning their first postseason victory over Rollins.
Kristina Mingos led Rollins with 13 points and nine rebounds. Amber Heistan chipped in 11 points and connected on a pair of 3-pointers, tying the program's single season record with 73 triples. Kourtnie Berry added 10 points for the Tars.
Kati Rausberg went 6-of-8 from the 3-point line to lead Eckerd and all scorers with 23 points. Ashley Lutz netted 18 with Taylor Young chipping in 10.
Eckerd ran out to a 17-9 lead over the first nine minutes, behind nine points from Rausberg. Sarah Blackburn scored a 3-pointer and free throw to close the gap but Rausberg answered with another triple to keep the Tars at bay.
The Tritons held a five-point lead with five minutes to play in the half, but the Tars ended the period on a 9-4 spurt, punctuated by a Brooke Burgess stick back at the buzzer, to draw even at 28 by the half.
Rollins set the second half tone as Heistan drained a 3-pointer early in the frame to give Rollins a four-point lead, 33-29. The score was tied at 37 with 13:54 to play, until EC retook control with a 9-2 run and led 46-39. Rollins cut the lead to one, 58-57 with 2:43 to play, but it was Rausberg again that came up with a big triple to put the Tars down four. A Heistan layup cut the lead in half, but Eckerd made good from the charity stripe down the stretch to end the Tars' season.
Rollins shot 31 percent (22-70) from the field and just 7-of-26 from the 3-point line. Eckerd hit 42 percent (22-52) from the floor, but Rollins won on the boards, 44-43.
The Tars, ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division II South Region poll, will now await their fate on selection Sunday, March 6.