TAMPA, Fla. (February 3, 2018) – Rollins trailed by just three at the half and four going into the fourth quarter, but couldn't get past Tampa on the road, falling 63-54.
The Tars drop a second-straight Sunshine State Conference game and move to 11-10 overall, 6-9 in the league. UT improves to 15-7, 8-7 SSC.
Julia Ingler tossed in 16 points to lead three Tars scoring in double figures. She hit four 3-pointers on the night and added three rebounds. Jaylyn Harrison and Vernisha Andrews both scored 10. Andrews also tallied eight rebounds and three steals.
Karma Jeremie posted a double-double to lead Tampa, putting up 18 points and 10 rebounds. Emily Eshoo added 13 points and Molly Franson scored 11.
Rollins shot 50 percent in the second half and end the day 20-of-54 (37 percent) from the field. Tampa used a 6-of-10 fourth quarter to put the Tars away and shot 23-of-50 (46 percent) for the game. Rollins won the battle on the glass, 32-26.
The Tars fell into a 10-0 hole until a Harrison jumper at the five-minute mark got the Tars rolling. Ingler followed with back-to-back three-pointers before UT got a late bucket and took a 12-8 lead after the first.
Rollins came all the way back to take its first lead of the game midway through the second as Rachel Lia connected on a jumper and Andrews stuck a put-back to put the Tars up 18-16 with 4:20 left in the half. UT answered with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession and ended the quarter on a mini-run to put the Tars down 23-21 at the break.
Carly McLendon put the Tars on top 25-24 early in the third. UT went back up by five before another Ingler 3-pointer and pair of Harrison free throws tied the score at 35 with 2:45 left in the quarter. Rollins trailed by six late in the frame before Jasmine Stone hit from deep and cut the deficit to just 43-40 heading into the final quarter.
Despite a hot-shooting start to the fourth, UT couldn't shake Rollins and Ingler's fourth long ball of the game pulled the Tars to within 56-54 with 2:54 to play. That would be the Tars last score however as Tampa posted two quick buckets and iced Rollins at the free throw line.
Rollins slides into a tie with Lynn for eighth place in the SSC standings with five games yet to play. The Tars still have games against the two teams below them in the grid, but also face two top opponents and one from the middle of the pack. The top eight teams as the end of the regular season earn spots in the SSC Tournament.
Rollins is back in action on Wednesday, February 7 hosting conference leader Florida Southern at 5:30 p.m. FSC will visit Winter Park having won its last 11 in a row to snag a two-game lead in the conference. Fans who can't make it to Warden Arena can watch live on the Tars Sports Network and SSC Digital Network at RollinsSports.com.