MELBOURNE, Fla. (November 17, 2018) – After trailing most of the day, Rollins grabbed a lead late, but a pair of New York Tech free throws with eight seconds left proved to be the difference as the Tars fell to the Bears 50-49 Saturday afternoon.
The result drops the Tars to 1-2 on the season after losses to Flagler and NYIT (4-1) at the Florida Tech Invitational over the weekend.
Yari Martinez-Toro had a career day with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with two steals and two assists to just one turnover. Carly McLendon added 12 points, seven rebounds and tied her season-best with seven blocks.
Rollins erased a late deficit to take a 49-48 lead on a Denise Daniels layup off a nice Martinez-Toro feed with 1:03 left. The teams traded missed opportunities down the stretch with NYIT holding the ball with 17 ticks left. McLendon swatted a shot away and two Bears misses were followed with two offensive rebounds until the Tars fouled Meg Knollmeyer. The sophomore made good on a pair at the line and the Tars didn't get a shot off at the end to suffer the one-point loss.
Rollins shot just 28 percent in the game to NYIT's 42 percent and hit 20-of-25 at the free throw line while the Bears hit all four of their attempts. The Tars were also edged on the glass for the first time this season, 31-30.
The Tars led 20-18 after the first quarter but for consecutive games, it was the second that the offense struggled. They were outscored by NYIT 10-2 in the frame a day after being beat by Flagler 24-3 in the second quarter.
The Tars will look to bounce back November 23-24 hosting the Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament in Winter Park. Rollins meet Puerto Rico Mayaguez to open the event at Noon on the first day with Hillsdale and University of the Sciences on the other side of the bracket. The consolation game is set for Noon Nov. 24 with the championship game to follow at 2 p.m. Fans can catch the entire event live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.