DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 30, 2019) – For the second-straight road game, Rollins took its host down to the wire but came up short as the Tars fell to Embry-Riddle 71-66 Wednesday night.
Rollins (9-9, 6-6 Sunshine State Conference) trailed by 21 in the middle of the third quarter and nearly came all the way back, closing to within one in the final minutes, but couldn't get over the hump in the waning moments.
Rachel Jablonski led the way with a career-high 19 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Yari Martinez-Toro netted 11 with Denise Daniels, Rachel Lia and Jaylyn Harrison all scoring 10 points.
Sarah Jones paced Embry-Riddle (12-7, 7-5 SSC) with a game-high 21 points. Nicole Tucker scored 12 points to go along with 13 rebounds while Lauren Ellenberger tallied 12 points and seven rebounds.
The two teams played even at the start with the score tied at 12 after the first quarter.
In the second, Rollins used an 8-2 run to grab a 22-18 lead with 3:55 left in the half. ERAU then outscored the Tars 13-4 the rest of the frame and put Rollins down 31-26 at intermission.
The start of third was disastrous for the Tars as the Eagles went on a 16-0 run and pushed Rollins further behind, 47-26 with five minutes left in the quarter. Jablonski then ignited a big response by the Tars, starting a 14-0 run and cutting the deficit to 47-40 just three minutes later.
Rollins held ERAU to just four three-throws the rest of the quarter while Martinez-Toro drained a pair of threes to pull the Tars to within 51-46 heading into the fourth.
The Tars continued to chip away and used a Jablonski layup to close to 55-54 with 6:37 left. Morgan Ackermann hit from deep on consecutive possessions and ERAU eventually pushed its lead back to eight, 64-56 with 5:09 left.
Lia and Jablonski then teamed up and outscored ERAU 10-3 over the next three minutes and Daniels made it a one-point game, 67-66 with a jumper at the 1:20 mark.
Ellenberger turned it over on the ensuing possession, but the Tars were hit with a shot clock violation while going for the go-ahead bucket. Jones split free throws for ERAU to make it a two-point game before a Martinez-Toro runner in the lane went long and the Eagles secured the rebound. Tucker and Ellenberer then went 3-of-4 at the stripe to ice the game.
The Tars shot 44 percent from the field while Embry-Riddle knocked down 47 percent.
Rollins will look to snap back on Saturday, February 2 when they host Saint Leo at Warden Arena. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.