Tars Leave No Doubt in NCAA Tourney Win
|Points||Ingler - 16||Blassage - 17|
|Rebounds||2 tied with 6||2 tied with 6|
|Assists||Jones - 8||Siminoi - 6|
The Tars (21-7) jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first and never looked back. Rollins defense held FSC (20-10) to just 0-of-11 from the field in the first quarter.
Junior Julia Ingler led the Tars with 16 points while Jo Bistrow shot 5-of-6 from long range and added 15 points. Carly McLendon tallied 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks while Marie Gilbert scored 12 points.
Jensen Blassage scored 17 to pace Florida Southern.
Rollins will now face top-seed Eckerd in the semifinals on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg.
• Julia Ingler (RC) 16pts, 4rebs, 4 assists
• Marie Gilbert (RC) 12pts, 4rebs
• Jo Bistrow (RC) 15pts, 5-6 3 point FG
• Jensen Blassage(FS) 17pts, 6rebs, 3 assists, 4 steals
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF BY HALF ANALYSIS
First Quarter | The Tars came out determined and ready to play. Their hot offensive start saw them jump out to an early 9-0 lead over the Florida Southern Mocs behind multiple jump shots from Carly McClendon and Marie Gilbert. The Mocs struggled at the beginning of the game to contain Rollins energy, as well as their rebounding. The Mocs didn’t have a field goal in the first quarter, only a handful of free throws. The Tars had a 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Second Quarter | The Tars continued to hold off multiple comeback attempts by the Mocs in the second quarter. The Mocs got as close as eight points, but not any closer as the Tars were able to keep their 13 point lead going into the half. Multiple Tars had buckets in the second quarter, as the team continued to share the ball.
Third Quarter | Coming out of the half, the Tars looked to build on their lead and did exactly that. Jo Bistrow and Julia Ingler got hot from deep as Bistrow went 3 for 3 from downtown in the span of less than two minutes, and Ingler went 2 for 2 in the half. The Tars took a 60-37 lead into the final quarter of play.
Fourth Quarter | Coming into the final quarter of play, Rollins looked to kill the clock as well as maintain their lead with the Mocs putting on added pressure throughout the quarter. After Layups to begin the fourth quarter by McClendon, Ingler, and Daniels, the Tars defense continued to hold the Mocs and maintain their lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Field Goal Shooting: Rollins (47.5%), FL Southern(26.4%)
• 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins ( 56.3%), FL Southern ( 21.1%)
• Free throws: Rollins ( 44.4%), FL Southern (75%)
• Rebounding: Rollins 39, FL Southern 34
• Turnovers: Rollins 13 , FL Southern 14
• Steals: Rollins 9, FL Southern 9
• Rollins took over the all-time lead in the series with FSC 51-50 and won the season series 2-1.
• The Tars are in the the South Region Semifinals for the third time in the last four years.
• Rollins will meet Eckerd for the second-time ever in the postseason, posting a 73-71 win in 2015 in the first meeting.
• Carly McLendon recorded her 19th multi-block game of the season.
• Glenn Wilkes improves to 684-243 in 31 seasons as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
Rollins will meet Eckerd in the semifinals on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Eckerd College. Fans can catch all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.