WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2017) – Tianna Rosser’s double-double led Rollins to its fifth-straight victory, a 75-65 road win at Palm Beach Atlantic.
Carly McLendon recorded four blocks in the game, setting a new Rollins record for most in a season with 51. The sophomore added 12 points, seven rebounds and a steal.
Rosser posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, her second double-double of the season, to pace the Tars. Marie Gilbert added 14 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Julia Ingler netted 13 and Jasmine Stone scored 10 points and eight rebounds.
Hannah Grim led PBA with 18 points while Ayanna Holmes added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mina Salhia scored 10 points and handed out five rebounds.
Rollins extends its winning streak to five, the longest current run in the Sunshine State Conference.
The Tars improved to 13-6 overall and 8-4 in league play while PBA drops to 7-12 and 3-9 in the SSC.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l Rollins led the entire first quarter, but by no more than three at any point. The opening quarter featured five ties and ended with Rollins leading 19-18.
Second Quarter l PBA scored the first four points of the second and took a 22-19 advantage early in the frame. Gilbert scored a conventional three-point play with 4:48 on the clock to put the Tars up 28-26 and started a 13-1 run to end the half, punctuated with a Stone triple, giving Rollins a 38-29 lead at the break.
Third Quarter l Led by a balanced inside-outside game, Rollins pulled away in the third and led 56-38 after a Brittany Betts three-pointer with 3:32 on the clock. The ‘Fish outscored Rollins 9-2 the rest of the frame and the game headed into the fourth with Rollins winning 58-47.
Fourth Quarter l The Tars lead wilted to just seven, 62-55 with 6:15 to play, but another Gilbert three-point play and four straight points from Rosser pushed the Tars advantage back to a comfortable 69-55 with 3:24 left. Rollins wouldn’t let PBA any closer than 10 the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 27-66 (41 percent); PBA 23-62 (37 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 5-15 (33 percent); PBA 6-23 (26 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 16-22 (73 percent); PBA 13-20 (65 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 46, PBA 36 • Turnovers: Rollins 13, PBA 16 • Rollins beat PBA 32-26 in the paint and 17-11 in points off turnovers.
GAME NOTES • Rollins improves to 23-1 all-time against PBA; 10-0 in West Palm Beach. • The previous Rollins record for most blocks in a season was 50, set by Ellen O’Day during the 1992-93 season. McLendon is now alone in 10th on the Tars career list with 76. • The top rebounding team in the SSC, Rollins outrebounded an opponent by double-digits for the 12th time this season. • Rosser’s double-double was her second of the year and fourth by a Tars this season. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. improves to 675-233 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins returns to Winter Park to face Embry-Riddle on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 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.