|Points||Rosser - 16||de Alfredo - 18|
|Rebounds||Jones - 8||Sanders - 8|
|Assists||Ingler - 5||5 tied with 2|
WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 4, 2017) – In their first contest of the new year the Tars fell to Sunshine State Conference foe Tampa by a score of 75-62.
Tianna Rosser, coming off a career high 19 points, went 6-8 from the field, scoring 16 points and adding five rebounds, including three offensive, to pace Rollins. Julia Ingler tallied 11 and dished out five assists to lead the Tars. Tanaya Jones scored eight points on 4-7 shooting, the senior guard also led Rollins pulling in eight rebounds and grabbing two steals.
Elena de Alfredo led Tampa with 18 points, going 4-9 on three point attempts. The Spartans only played six players, with Morgan Lumb tallying 15 points, shooting 3-6 from behind the arc, coming off the bench.
The Tars fall to 7-5 heading and 2-3 in SSC play. The Spartans improve to 9-3, and 4-1 in conference action.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS
First Quarter l Both teams started out strong on the offensive side of the ball. The Tars used a team effort to put up points, Ingler led the Tars with five points, but seven Tars found the bottom of the net in the quarter. The Spartans hit three three-pointers, led by Elena de Alfredo, who went 2-4 from behind the arch. The teams were knotted at 19-19 after the first ten minutes.
Second Quarter l Rosser started the second quarter strong for the Tars, converting an old-fashioned three point play on the Tars first possession. The Sophomore tallied six points in the quarter to lead the Rollins with eight going into the half. The Tars built their biggest lead of the game, at six points, at the 6:13 mark. The long ball kept Tampa in the game, as the Spartans shot 5-9 in the second quarter, scoring all of their points from behind the arc. Morgan Lumb went 3-3 in the frame for Tampa. Rollins was 0-6 in the second quarter and only 1-13 in the first half, but despite the disparity from long range, the Tars only trailed 33-34 at the half.
Third Quarter l The Spartans opened the third quarter with a flurry, ballooning their one point halftime lead into an 11 point margin. A pair of Denise Daniels free throws at the 3:44 mark brought the lead down to four. The two teams traded baskets at that point, and an Ingler three-point play with three seconds left garunteed that the Tars would go into the fourth down only four.
Fourth Quarter l Jones assisted Ingler on a deep three to open the fourth quarter, bringing the Tars within one point. However, Tampa responded, building up a 13 point lead with 5:52 remaining in the game. Rollins comeback attempts came up short, and the Spartans hit their free throws down the stretch to see out the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
· Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 25-61 (41 percent); Tampa 25-54 (46 percent)
· 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 5-22 (23 percent); Tampa 10-25 (40 percent)
· Free-throws: Rollins 7-9 (78 percent); Tampa 15-17 (88 percent)
· Rebounding: Rollins 36, Tampa 29
· Turnovers: Rollins 12, Tampa 10
· The Tars fall to 53-42 all time against the Spartans.
· This was the first time this season that the Rollins defense was unable to record a block.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
Rollins takes to the court again on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 pm, when they take on Palm Beach Atlantic. Fans can watch all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.