WINTER PARK, Fla. (December 16, 2017) – The Tars grabbed an early lead and poured it on late, snapping a two-game losing streak with a dominating 86-51 win over Miles.
Carly McLendon recorded her third double-double of the year, scoring 13 points and pulling in 11 rebounds. The junior also tallied three blocks, giving her 140 for her career, and tying her for first place in Rollins history with Kim Tayrien and Kirsten Dellinger.
Julia Ingler led the Tars with 18 points, shooting 4-8 from beyond the arc. Denise Daniels tallied 11 on 5-9 shooting. Jo Bistrow and Rachel Lia each dropped 10 points, a new career high for the freshman Lia, who was 2-3 from three-point range. Vernisha Andrews led Rollins on the glass, collecting 13 rebounds, tying her career high, to go along with eight points.
Sophomore guard Victoria Sutton paced the Golden Bears, dropping 11, and pulling in a team high six boards. Freshman Darika Chelsey scored six points on 2-9 shooting. Overall 11 Miles players found the bottom of the basket.
The Tars started quickly, opening the game on a 13-2 run over the first seven minutes of the contest. Miles hit a three pointer at the three-minute mark to cut the Rollins lead to 13-5, but that was as close as the Golden Bears would get. Rollins expanded their advantage over the final stretch, on the back of seven straight points by Rachel Lia, and ended the period with a 24-7 lead.
Rollins' offense continued to roll into the second quarter as the Tars grew their lead to 21 at the media timeout, 38-17. The two teams cooled down the stretch, with Rollins outscoring Miles 6-2 in the final minutes, including a buzzer beating jumper by Vernisha Andrews, as the Tars took a 44-19 lead into the locker room.
The two teams played an almost even third quarter, with the Tars edging the Golden Bears 17-15 on a pair of late free throws by Andrews. The Tars took a 27-point lead into the final period, with a score of 61-34.
It was more of the same for the Tars in the final frame. A Denis Daniels lay-up extended the Tars lead to 76-42 at the 4:35 mark, and was the catalyst for a nine point run that grew the Rollins lead to it largest mark of the afternoon, 41, at 83-42. Rollins would cruise home over the final minutes to secure the 86-51 win.
The Tars will turn around quickly, hosting another visitor from the SIAC, Albany State, Monday, December 18, at 5:30 p.m. Fans can watch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.