SAINT LEO, Fla. (January 14, 2017) – Rollins ran out to a big first quarter lead and never took its foot off the pedal, beating Saint Leo 71-47 in a Sunshine State Conference road game Saturday.
Julia Ingler was 4-of-7 from long range and pumped in 16 points to lead the Tars. Tianna Rosser posted nine points and 11 rebounds, 10 on the offensive end. Denise Daniels chipped in nine points while Tanaya Jones recorded nine points, five assists and a pair of steals.
Chelsy Springs led Saint Leo with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Ragen Dotson also netted 11 and Gina Brierly scored nine.
Rollins led 20-9 after the first quarter and 41-25 at halftime.
The Tars improve to 9-6 overall and even up their Sunshine State Conference record at 4-4. Saint Leo drops to 5-10, 0-8 SSC.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l It took Rollins more than six minutes to hit its first field goal as an Ingler triple gave the Tars a 7-6 lead at the 3:47 mark. They then shot 5-for-8 the rest of the quarter and ended the first on a 13-3 run to lead 20-9 after one.
Second Quarter l The Tars kept pouring it on the second as three-straight Ingler three-pointers gave Rollins a 36-18 advantage with 3:45 to play in the half. After a small Lions run, Vernisha Andrews got it back to an 18-point lead late as the Tars ultimately owned a 41-25 lead at the break.
Third Quarter l Dotson started the third with a deep three-pointer for Saint Leo, but five-straight points from Jasmine Stone, a Carly McLendon layup and two Jones free throws put the Tars up 50-28. The Tars later took a 57-38 lead into the fourth.
Fourth Quarter l The Tars defense squashed any thought of a Lions comeback, limiting Saint Leo to just 4-of-16 shooting in the last quarter. The lead shrunk to only 61-44 at the 7:12 mark before a 5-0 Tars spurt put Rollins back on top comfortably 67-44 with 2:26 remaining.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 26-68 (38 percent); Saint Leo 16-57 (28 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 5-18 (28 percent); Saint Leo 4-31 (13 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 14-20 (70 percent); Saint Leo 11-18 (61 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 55; Saint Leo 35 • Turnovers: Rollins 17; Saint Leo 21 • Rollins had large advantages in points off turnovers (23-7), second chance points (22-12) and fast break points (13-4).
GAME NOTES • Rollins improves to 82-10 all-time against Saint Leo; the Tars have won the last seven in a row. The Tars are now 34-2 all-time at Saint Leo. • Rollins 20-rebound advantage was the third time this season they have outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more. • Rollins 25 offensive rebounds is the third highest in a game this season. • Tianna Rosser’s 11 rebounds is a season-high; 10 offensive career-best. • Carly McLendon moved into 13th place, passing Sarah Taylor and Dawn Henderson, on the Tars all-time blocks list with 63. • Tanaya Jones is 13th on the Tars all-time assists list with 306, four behind Mary Johnson • Julia Ingler passed Kristina Mingos and is now five behind assistant coach Kourtnie Berry with 138 for her career. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is now 672-233 in 31 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars are back at home on Wednesday, January 18 hosting Lynn University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.