WINTER PARK, Fla. (December 18, 2017) – The Tars lost their third game in four attempts as the Albany State defeated Rollins by a score of 74-66 at Alfond Sports Center.
The 25th-ranked Tars fall to 8-3 while the Lady Rams improve to 7-7 on the year. Julia Ingler had a game-high 23 points for Rollins, including a 7-of-14 shooting mark. Denise Daniels finished with a double-double, recording 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds. With two blocks on the night, Carly McLendon set the program record for career blocks with 142. The junior shot blocker also holds the Tars record for blocks per game with 2.1 on average. Ingler also becomes the 21st women to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in Tars history. Albany State had four players finish with double figures, including Achanti Layfield who had 20 points. Elesha Foster finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams started off to a slow start offensively with a mere 12 points between them halfway through the first frame. The Lady Rams ultimately took a 15-13 lead after the first ten minutes. Rollins shot a subpar 5-of-15 in the quarter while Albany State was 5-of-13. Albany State used a 12-5 run in the second quarter to propel them to a lead, which grew to as much as nine points. They were led by their bench who scored 11 of their 20 points in the frame. Ingler had a quarter high seven points, as she was 3-of-6 from the field in nine minutes of play. For the Lady Rams, Foster had four points, six rebounds and two assists. Despite shooting 7-of-20 in the quarter, Rollins had plenty of second chance points in the third period, winning that battle 8-0. For the Lady Rams, Alexandria James shot 3-of-3 in the quarter, scoring seven of her 13 points for the Lady Rams. In the final quarter of play, the Tars cut the lead to as little as two points. Ingler led the Tars comeback efforts with 14 points and three of her four three-pointers. However, the Tars comeback came up short, when Albany State went on a 7-0 run that lasted 2:15.
Rollins will regroup over the next 12 days before traveling to St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 30 to play Eckerd in a Sunshine State Conference matchup. The Tritons lead the SSC with a record of 4-1 in conference and 9-2 overall. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.