WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 21, 2017) – Rollins won its third-straight and started the second half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule on a high note, beating Florida Tech 59-50.
Jasmine Stone was the lone Tar in double-figures, scoring 11 behind a 3-of-6 night beyond the arc. Marie Gilbert scored nine while Carly McLendon recorded eight points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Tianna Rosser pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
DeLise Williams led Florida Tech with 11 points, eight assists and six steals. Markeema Crawford added nine points while forwards Julie McCarthy and Tereza Sedlakova both netted eight.
Already the top-rebounding team in the SSC, Rollins owned a 43-30 edge on the glass.
The Tars improved to 11-6 overall and 6-4 in the SSC while Tech drops to 9-8, 3-6.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l Rollins stumbled out of the gate, shooting just 4-of-13 with eight turnovers in the first to fall behind 14-8.
Second Quarter l The Tars trailed by as many as 10 early in the second, 21-11. Both teams then struggled taking care of the ball, but Rollins made the most of its chances and came all the way back, tying the score at 21 after a Rosser buzzer-beating put back. Rollins held Tech without a point for the final 7:07 of the quarter.
Third Quarter l For the second-straight game, Rollins dominated the third and took a commanding lead. The Tars started on a 6-0 run and later held a 32-26 advantage with 6:14 left. Jo Bistrow hit two free throws and drilled a three-pointer to spark another Rollins run that pushed the lead to 39-26 midway through the period. Tech got no closer than 10 the rest of the way as the Tars took a 44-33 lead into the fourth.
Fourth Quarter l FIT came into the fourth on fire, and closed the gap to 44-41 with 8:16 to play. Four-straight Tars free throws and a Stone three-pointer got Rollins comfortably back on top 51-44 at the 6:03 mark. The Panthers closed to 55-50 with 3:18 left, but the Tars held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way and put an exclamation point on the game with scores by McLendon and Tanaya Jones.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 19-54 (35 percent); FIT 18-52 (35 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 5-18 (28 percent); FIT 4-12 (33 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 16-20 (80 percent); FIT 10-16 (64 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 43, FIT 30 • Turnovers: Rollins 24, FIT 23 • Rollins won on the offensive glass 20-14 and owned a 15-9 edge in second-chance points. • For the second-straight game, all but one player who saw the floor scored for the Tars.
GAME NOTES • Rollins won its 12th-straight against Florida Tech and is now 52-22 all-time against the Panthers. • Rollins is now alone in fifth in the SSC standings; FIT is two-games back in sixth. • The Tars forced 23 turnovers, the second highest in a game this season. • Rollins and Tampa are tied for the longest current winning streak in the SSC at three. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is now 674-233 in 31 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins is on the road for its next two, starting with a trip to Lakeland to face Florida Southern on Wednesday, January 25. Game time is schedule 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.