WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 23, 2019) – Down by 12 at the half, Rollins offense exploded in the second as the Tars posted a 58-54 win over Florida Tech on Wednesday.
The victory puts the Tars in a four-way tied for third place in the Sunshine State Conference standings at 6-4, moving them to 9-7 overall. Florida Tech falls to 6-12, 2-8 SSC.
Rachel Jablonski led the way for Rollins with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers. Denise Daniels added 10 points and nine rebounds while Jaylyn Harrison also netted 10. Carly McLendon hauled in 10 rebounds and racked up three blocks.
Tereza Dedlakova paced Tech with 18 points and seven rebounds. Aniquah Swan posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The first quarter was a defensive battle with the score tied at nine after the first 10 minutes. The second wasn't much better for the Tars as they hit just 2-of-16 and scored only five points in the frame. Rollins shooting woes allowed the Panthers to grab a 26-14 lead going into the locker room.
After Sedlakova put the Tars down 30-16 early in the third, Rollins cobbled together a 14-0 run over a five-minute span and tied the score at 30 with 3:50 left in the quarter. Rollins was 4-of-9 from the field during the run while holding FIT to 0-for-6 shooting and four turnovers.
Harrison later hit a deep three-pointer at the 2:08 mark to give Rollins a four-point lead. Yari Martinez-Toro drilled a three-pointer on the Tars next possession and McLendon scored a twisting layup as the buzzer went off, putting Rollins ahead 41-34 after three.
The Tars pushed the lead to a game-high nine early in the fourth, but Tech fought back and knotted the score at 49 with 2:49 left. With 1:10 to play, McLendon turned a Harrison steal into a three-point play to put the Tars up 52-49. Free throws by Harrison and Daniels extended the lead to 55-49 with 24 seconds left.
Michaela Gelbaugh cut into the advantage with a free throw for Tech and November Morton hit from deep after a Rollins turnover to make it a 55-53 with 12 ticks on the clock. Harrison got one of two at the line and the Tars fouled Mortan, who also split a pair and keep Rollins ahead 56-54.
Rachel Lia closed the book on the game with four seconds left, hitting a pair at the line and making it a two-possession game.
Rollins will start the second half of its SSC schedule on the road, meeting Lynn in Boca Raton on Saturday, January 26. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. The Tars beat the Fighting Knights 70-41 in their first meeting. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.