FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (December 14, 2019) – In a game that featured nine ties and eight lead changes, Rollins came up on the short end of a 66-59 decision to Nova Southeastern on Saturday.
The Tars drop to 6-4 overall and 0-3 in Sunshine State Conference play while NSU improves to 4-4, 2-1 SSC.
Hailey Conley tallied 24 points and six rebounds to pace NSU. Jordan Tully, the SSC's leading scorer, posted 11 points.
The game was back and forth at the start with a four-point Rollins lead serving as the largest of the early part of the game. The Tars led 20-16 after the first quarter.
In the second, Rollins held a 26-25 advantage with five minutes to play in the half, but the Sharks got hot in the waning moments and put the Tars down 35-30 at intermission.
NSU kept up the pressure to start the second half before Rollins got hot and knotted the score at 46 on a Rachel Lia jumper. After a Sharks 3-pointer, Martinez-Toro hit at runner in the lane at the buzzer to pull Rollins to within 49-48 heading into the fourth.
The Tars twice tied the score early in the fourth, but a 6-0 NSU run got the hosts in control with 4:26 to play. Harrison drained a deep three and Tianna Rosser scored a put-back to get Rollins back to within one, 60-59 with 3:54 to play. Those would be the Tars last points, however, as the Sharks defense and clutch free throw shooting sent Rollins back to Winter Park with a loss.
Rollins shot 36 percent in the game while NSU hit 47 percent from the floor, including 10 three-pointers. Both teams had 33 rebounds.
The Tars will look to bounce back on Monday, December 16 hosting Warner University. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. in Warden Arena. Fans can catch the action live in on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.