WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 29, 2017) – Playing a second nationally ranked opponent in as many games, fifth-ranked Rollins again past the test with a 66-60 victory over 17th-ranked Embry-Riddle.
The Tars move to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Sunshine State Conference play while handing the Eagles (6-1, 2-1) its first loss of the year. Rollins is ranked fifth in the D2SIDA Media Poll and No. 6 by the WBCA Coaches. ERAU checked in at No. 17 by the media and earned votes in the coaches poll.
Julia Ingler led the way for the Tars with 20 points and six rebounds. She was 4-of-6 from the three-point line and moved into second place on the Rollins all-time list with 181 from beyond the arc. The senior is 13 away from the top-spot. Denise Daniels added 15 points and five rebounds while Jasmine Stone netted 13. Carly McLendon was a force in the paint, grabbing 11 rebounds with three blocks and two steals.
Lauren Ellenberger led Embry-Riddle with 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Tara Fields added 16 points and Sabrina Whiting added 10.
Rollins shot 43 percent from the field and 13-of-19 from the stripe while ERAU was 44 percent from the floor. The Tars outrebounded their guests 35-30 and committed 15 turnovers while forcing 18.
The game started with a torrid pace as the first ended with Rollins ahead 23-20. Neither team led by more than four points in the frame.
The second was a low-scoring quarter that saw long stretches of no points by either team. The Tars were down three midway thought the half and closed on an 8-0 run to take a 34-29 advantage at intermission.
Jasmine Stone put the Tars ahead 44-36 with a deep three at the 5:59 mark of the third only to see the Eagles come back and knot the score at 46 heading into the fourth.
ERAU held a 58-57 lead with 2:53 to play before an Ingler layup and two-straight Vernisha Andrews jumper put the Tars up 63-58 with a minute to play. Ellenberger added two free throws to make it a three-point game with 21 seconds lef, but the Tars finished the game 3-of-4 at the line to secure the win.
Rollins takes is winning streak on its longest trip of the season on Saturday, December 2, traveling to Barry for a 2 p.m. game. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network and the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv.