WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 8, 2017) – Rollins earned its eighth win in a row Wednesday, beating Nova Southeastern at home, 63-59.
The Tars were down one with just 25 seconds left but a Tanaya Jones three-point play was followed by a defensive stop and two Julia Ingler free throws to seal the win. The final six minutes of the game featured seven lead changes and three ties.
Marie Gilbert led Rollins (16-6, 10-4 Sunshine State Conference) with 14 points and five rebounds. Tianna Rosser tallied 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Jones added nine points, eight rebounds and five steals while Ingler also netted nine.
Megan Piggott and Amanda Tivenius both scored 14 to pace NSU (14-9, 10-5 SSC).
Rollins is now alone in third in the Sunshine State Conference standings, a game back of Florida Southern and two behind Eckerd; both nationally ranked teams Rollins beat during its win streak.
The Tars will take their winning streak on the road Saturday, February 11, visiting Lynn in Boca Raton at 2 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS First Quarter l The Sharks jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead midway through the first as the Tars started just 1-for-6 from the field. Rollins put together a run later in the half and twice cut the deficit to two before ultimately trailing 19-16 after one.
Second Quarter l Rollins stayed close in the second and took its first lead of the night, 24-23, on a pair of Brittany Betts free throws at the 5:06 mark. NSU regained the advantage, but Denise Daniels evened the score late as the game went into halftime tied 30-30.
Third Quarter l The Tars grabbed a four point lead on the first two possessions of the third only to see the Sharks put together a 9-0 run and take a 39-34 lead. After a timeout, Rollins scored six unanswered to close the gap. Carly McLendon sent the game into the fourth deadlocked at 44 with a put-back basket as the horn sounded.
Fourth Quarter l The thrilling fourth featured three ties and seven lead changes with neither team leading by more than a possession. NSU took a 57-56 lead with 2:11 left, but was whistled for a technical; Ingler made both at the line to put the Tars up by one. The Sharks retook the lead with 90 seconds left and Rollins turned it over on the ensuing possession. After a defensive stop, Jones drove the left side of the lane and was bumped but still hit the bucket and added a free throw to put the Tars up two with 25 ticks left. Rollins forced an NSU turnover with 11 seconds to play and Ingler iced the game for the Tars with three seconds left.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 23-59 (39 percent) NSU 24-50 (48 pecent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 0-9 (0 percent) NSU 7-24 (29 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 17-24 (71 percent) NSU 4-10 (40 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 34, NSU 35 • Turnovers: Rollins 12, NSU 18 • The game totaled eight ties and 13 lead changes.
GAME NOTES • Rollins now leads the all-time series with NSU 24-15 and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Sharks. • Rollins failed to hit a three-pointer in a game for the first time since going 0-11 against Benedict on March 12, 2004. • SSC Defensive Player of the Week Carly McLendon added four blocks and now ranks 10th in program history with 87, three back of Ashley Losch. • Tanaya Jones is nineth in Tars history with 228 steals, eight behind Paris Moore. • Rollins is alone in third in the Sunshine State Conference standings with four games left in the regulars season. • Glenn Wilkes Jr. improves to 678-233 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars are back on the road Saturday, February 11 when the travel to Lynn. 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.