WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January, 3, 2018) – Florida's historic cold snap crept into Rollins second half offense as the Tars couldn't hold onto a halftime lead and lost to Palm Beach Atlantic 69-61 Wednesday night.
The Tars suffered a third-straight defeat and dropped to 8-5 overall and 3-4 in Sunshine State Conference play. PBA improved to 2-11, 1-6 in the SSC.
Rollins led 32-24 at intermission, but shot just 9-32 in the second and was passed up by the Sailfish in the fourth.
Julia Ingler led the way for the Tars with 16 points. The senior hit a pair of three-pointers and tied Jill Razor for the program's career record with 194. Jaylyn Harrison added 11 points and four assists with Jo Bistrow scoring seven. Carly McLendon was a force on defense, tallying 15 rebounds, six blocks and a steal.
Hannah Grim led PBA and all scorers with 31 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Nkiru Anyagaligbo added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rollins controlled the action early and jumped out to a 7-2 lead after a Harrison jumper midway through the first. The Tars went on to take a 15-10 lead after the first quarter.
Bolstered by a quick 5-0 run, Rollins pushed the advantage to 24-12 at the 5:44 mark of the second and later grabbed a 32-24 lead into the break.
The lead quickly evaporated as the 'Fish rolled off an 8-0 run over the first two minutes of the third. Ingler hit from deep to get Rollins back on track, but the Tars missed its next nine shots and PBA went on top 41-40 with 3:12 in the quarter. Ingler then drilled her record-tying three-pointer with 90 seconds left and put the Tars back on top by one. PBA again answered in the final seconds and led 47-46 heading into the final quarter.
Ingler scored the first bucket of the fourth to give Rollins the lead at the 9:24 mark; but that would be the Tars last score until another Ingler bucket with 2:38 to play. In that span, Rollins went 0-for-13 and PBA built a 57-50 lead. PBA then went up by as many as 11 twice and held the Tars off at the free throw line.
Rollins shot 30 percent (21-69) from the floor while the Sailfish hit 33 percent (23-70). Rollins was outrebounded for just the third time this season, 52-46.
Rollins will look to bounce back on Saturday, January 6 hosting Nova Southeastern at 2 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.