TAMPA, Fla. (March 6, 2019) – With the season on the line, Rollins used a monster fourth quarter to upset Tampa 56-45 Wednesday in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The seventh-seed Tars (12-15) outscored the second-seed Spartans (21-8) by a score of 20-6 in the deciding quarter and will now play three-seed Eckerd on Saturday in the SSC Tournament semifinals.
Staja Tyghter led Tampa with 15 points while Julia Ingram scored 14.
Rollins shot 35 percent from the field to UT's 36 percent and beat the Spartans on the glass 35-28. The Tars also turned it over just seven times and forced 12 Tampa miscues.
Coming into the game having topped Rollins twice in the regular season, Tampa took control early and led 15-7 after the first.
Harrison started the Tars second quarter with a triple and they slowly chopped away at the UT lead, closing to 25-21 by intermission.
Rollins went on a 13-2 run to start the third quarter and grabbed a 34-30 lead by the midway point of the frame. Tampa pulled back even before a Daniels jumper got Rollins back on top. UT finished the third by outscoring Rollins 5-0 and put the Tars down 39-36 heading into the fourth.
Ingram scored for UT early in the fourth and put the hosts up 41-36. Rollins then went on a run for the ages, outscoring Tampa 12-0 over the next five minutes and seizing a 48-41 lead with 3:20 left. The Tars held Tampa 0-4 from the field and forced two turnovers during the span. McLendon stepped up big time on the defensive end with two of her four blocks.
Tighter made it a four point game, but Rollins connected on six-straight free throws and kept UT off the board to go up 54-43 with 21 seconds left. Daniels sealed the win for the Tars with a final two from the line with seven seconds to play.
Rollins next heads to Ft. Lauderdale to meet Eckerd in the semifinals of the SSC Tournament. The Tritons got past Lynn 76-55 in their quarterfinal match-up. Nova Southeastern is serving as host of the finals at The Rick Case Arena inside the Don Taft University Center. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.