LAKELAND, Fla. (January 25, 2017) – Junior Julia Ingler went 6-of-6 from three-point range and poured in a career-high 26 points to lead Rollins in a 65-63 upset of 20th-ranked Florida Southern.
Tanaya Jones hit the go-ahead bucket with 2.8 seconds to play and, after a Tars foul, Florida Southern couldn’t connect at the free throw line to give Rollins its fourth-straight victory.
The meeting was the 100th all-time between the two rivals with the series now tied 50-50.
Ingler was 8-of-10 from the field overall and hit all four free throw attempts on her career day. Jones added nine points and four assists while Jasmine Stone netted eight. Carly McLendon tallied 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Theresa Mac-Dangosu paced Florida Southern with 16 points off the bench. Jensen Blassage and Gianna Vastola both scored 14.
Rollins improved to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in Sunshine State Conference play while Florida Southern falls to 12-6, 8-2 SSC.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l Rollins led by as many as seven, 13-6 after an Ingler 3-pointer at the 4:14 mark of the first. The Tars lead was 17-7, but the Mocs closed the quarter on a 11-2 run and took a 20-19 advantage after one.
Second Quarter l FSC went on to take a 26-23 lead with 5:10 to play in the half. Jones made it a one point game and back-to-back Ingler triples followed by a Brittany Betts three-pointer gave the Tars a 34-28 lead late in the quarter. Ingler later added a pair at the line as Rollins took a 36-28 lead into the break.
Third Quarter l Rollins pushed its advantage to a game-high nine three minutes into the third, but the Mocs chipped away and eventually took a 47-45 lead of their own with 1:13 on the clock. Betts hit two from the line in the final minute that tied the score at 47 heading into the fourth.
Fourth Quarter l The fourth was played as close as a game could be played, featuring three lead changes, three ties and neither team leading by more than three. Tianna Rosser hit two-straight jumpers on feeds from Marie Gilbert to give Rollins a 63-60 lead with 1:25 to play. On the ensuing possession, Anja Fuchs-Robetin completed a conventional three-point play with 17 seconds left to tie the score at 63. Jones gingerly brought the ball down the court and drained a 15-footer to put the Tars back on top by two with 2.8 left. After a timeout, Blassage drew a foul driving to the basket with 0.3 seconds on the clock. The 86-percent free throw shooter missed the first and intentionally missed the second as the Tars tipped the rebound and the clock ran out.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 25-50 (50 percent); FSC 24-59 (41 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 7-10 (70 percent); FSC 4-16 (25 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 8-10 (80 percent); FSC 11-16 (69 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 36, FSC 27 • Turnovers: Rollins 16, FSC 7 • The game had 10 lead changes and seven ties.
GAME NOTES • Rollins and Florida Southern have each won 50 games in the all-time series. The Tars snapped a Mocs four-game winning streak and won in Lakeland for the first time since 2015. • Ingler’s previous career-high was 25, set last season at Florida Tech. • Marie Gilbert set a new career-high with five assists. • McLendon totaled four our more blocks in a game for the sixth time this season; she now is tied with Larissa McDonough for 11th on the Tars all-time list with 72. • Rollins shot 50-percent from the field for the second time in three games. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. improves to 674-233 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins is back on the road Saturday, January 28, visiting Palm Beach Atlantic. Tip off is set for 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.