ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (February 4, 2017) – Rollins held Sunshine State Conference leader Eckerd to its lowest scoring game of the season and posted a 69-54 upset of the 16th-ranked Tritons on the road Saturday.
The win is the Tars’ seventh in a row and improves their record to 15-6 overall and 9-4 in SSC play. Eckerd lost at home for the first time this season and falls to 18-4, 11-2 in conference.
Carly McLendon filled the boxscore with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. The sophomore shot 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 at the free throw line and didn’t commit a turnover in 29 minutes of play. Marie Gilbert led the Tars with 15 points and six rebounds.
Ashley Folsom was the lone Triton to score in double figures with 10 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Victoria Vine, Anna Deegan and Chelsea Johnson each scored nine.
Rollins dominated the glass, outrebounding Eckerd 51-30, including 21-11 on the offensive end.
Rollins will head into the final three weeks of the season just two games out of first place in the league standings and a half game out of second.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l A Jasmine Stone three-pointer and McLendon bucket quickly gave Rollins a 5-0 lead to start. Eckerd then got going and came back to post a 15-12 advantage with 4:12 left in the quarter. Rollins was able to slightly cut into the lead and trailed 16-14 after one.
Second Quarter l Gilbert tied the score on the Tars first possession and sparked 13-3 run to put Rollins ahead 27-19 at the 4:59 mark. The Tritons ended the half on a run of their own and closed Rollins advantage to 29-26 at intermission.
Third Quarter l Rollins came out of the locker room and took control of the game with an 11-0 run to start the third. Four different players scored for Rollins during the spurt as EC went 0-for-5 from the field with three turnovers. The Tars kept the pressure on and their lead ballooned to 46-28 with 2:34 left in the period. Eckerd scored two baskets late as Rollins took a 46-33 lead into the fourth.
Fourth Quarter l The final quarter proved to be a free throw shooting contest with the teams combining for 29 attempts in the frame. Eckerd was 7-of-10 and Rollins 13-of-19 at the stripe. Over the final two minutes, Rollins went 9-of-12 to seal the win. The Tars never let Eckerd any closer than 12 and led by as many as 16 late.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 22-58 (38 percent) Eckerd 19-59 (32 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 3-9 (33 percent) Eckerd 5-23 (22 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 22-29 (76 percent) Eckerd 11-16 (69 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 51, Eckerd 30 • Turnovers: Rollins 18, Eckerd 9 • Rollins led 23-5 in second chance points.
GAME NOTES • Rollins leads the all-time series with Eckerd 69-19 and snapped a four-game skid against the Tritons. • Eckerd is ranked 16th in D2SIDA Media Poll; 18th in WBCA Coaches Poll. • Rollins held Eckerd to its lowest scoring game of the season (59 vs. Tampa) • Rollins plus-21 rebounding advantage is a season best against SSC competition. • Rollins 21 free throws made is a season high; 29 attempts ties season high (Warner) • Carly McLendon now has 57 blocks this season to extend her Tars single-season record. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. improves to 677-233 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins returns home to host Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, February 8 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.