WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 7, 2018) – Playing its first true road game of the season, Rollins ran out to a 22-4 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back, beating Palm Beach Atlantic 69-41 Friday night.
The Tars move to 5-3 overall and are tied with Florida Southern and Eckerd atop the Sunshine State Conference standings at 3-0. PBA falls to 1-5 overall, 0-3 in the league.
Denise Daniels poured in a career-high 22 to lead the Tars, shooting 11-of-17 from the field, to go along with nine rebounds. Rachel Lia added 13 points while leading scorer Carly McLendon was held to just one bucket, but grabbed 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Jonika Garvin was the lone Sailfish to score in double figures, netting 10. Victoria Self scored eight.
The Tars got off the bus ready to play and scored the game's first 13 points until a PBA free throw finally put the hosts on the board nearly five minutes in. Rollins led 22-4 after the first 10 minutes, holding the 'Fish to just to one field goal.
The Sailfish outscored Rollins 11-3 early in the second before a Lia three-pointer and back-to-back Daniels scores got the Tars back up 32-15. The teams traded hoops in the waning minutes of the half and Rollins took a 34-17 lead into intermission.
An 8-0 run to start the third gave Rollins a comfortable 42-17 lead. PBA would only get as close as 21 with Rollins holding a 49-28 advantage heading into the fourth.
The outcome was never in question over the final 10 minutes with Rollins leading by as many as 63-34 with 2:04 to play.
Rollins shot 40 percent from the field and held PBA to just 30 percent shooting. The Tars also earned a huge rebounding edge, beating PBA 51-33 on the glass.
Friday was the second-straight game the Tars have surrendered only 41 points. Rollins is averaging 70 points a game in conference play and holding teams to just 48.3 points in the span.
Rollins is off for final exams and next plays its final nonconference game of the year, hosting Trinity Christian on Monday, December 17 at 6 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.