WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 18, 2017) – Rollins erased a one-point halftime deficit with its biggest quarter of the year in the third and ran past Lynn 80-55 Wednesday night.
Reigning Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week Carly McLendon led the Rollins offense with 16 points to go along with three rebounds and four blocks. The sophomore from Sanford was 8-of-11 from the field despite playing just 18 minutes due to foul trouble. Jasmine Stone added 14 points and four steals. Marie Gilbert posted 10 points and six rebounds while Tianna Rosser recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Paola Vazquez paced Lynn with 20 points behind a 5-of-16 night beyond the arc. Brekia Henderson chipped in 10 points. Shaunt’e Tucker hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.
The win was as second-straight for the Tars and improves their record to 10-6 overall and 5-4 in SSC play. Lynn drops to 8-8, 3-6 SSC.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l Rollins fell into an 11-6 hole early after back-to-back Vazquez three-pointers. The Tars came back and made it a 13-12 deficit before taking a 16-15 lead after one.
Second Quarter l The Tars maintained a slim lead by no more than five points until a three-point play by Tucker knotted the score at 22 with 4:40 left in the half. Brittany Betts scored to put the Tars back on top, but Lynn rolled off a 7-0 run and gabbed a 29-24 lead at the 1:46 mark. Rollins cut into the deficit late with a Tanaya Jones layup making it a 31-30 Lynn lead at the half.
Third Quarter l The third quarter was simply all Rollins. Five-straight points from Gilbert put the Tars ahead by six, but a Henderson free throw and two triples from Vazquez made it a one-point game. Julia Ingler hit from deep to give the Tars a 44-40 advantage and sparked an 18-3 run that essentially put the game away for the home team. Six different player scored during the span as Rollins rolled out to a 62-43 advantage with less than a minute left in the period. The Tars shot 15-of-20 in the frame and were led by Stone’s eight points.
Fourth Quarter l The Tars extended their lead to as many as 27 midway through the fourth and never let Lynn any closer than 15 the rest of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 35-66 (53 percent); Lynn 20-64 (31 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 3-8 (38 percent); Lynn 6-25 (24 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 7-15 (47 percent); Lynn 9-13 (69 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 49, Lynn 35 • Turnovers: Rollins 19, Lynn 19 • Rollins outscored Lynn 52-26 in the paint and 16-4 in fast break points. • All but one player who saw the floor scored for the Tars.
GAME NOTES • Rollins moves to 37-6 all-time against Lynn and has won the last eight-straight over the Fighting Knights. • The game against Lynn closes the first half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule. • The Tars 32-points in the third quarter was a season best; Rollins previous best quarter was 29 in the first against Webber. • Rollins set a season-best shooting, hitting 53 percent from the field; the previous best was 48 percent against Flagler. • Tayana Jones had six assists and is averaging nearly six a game over the last four. She moved into 12th on the Tars all-time list with 312 for her career. • Carly McLendon is alone in 12th on the Tars all-time blocks list with 66 for her career. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is now 673-233 in 31 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins is home again on Saturday, January 21 hosting Florida Tech at 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.