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Rollins Stunned by Embry-Riddle

Rachel Jablonski
Rachel Jablonski

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 29, 2020) – Rollins held the lead late, but Embry-Riddle finished the game on a 9-0 run and shocked the Tars 62-57 in Daytona Beach on Wednesday. 

Rachel Jablonski was on fire from deep, hitting a career-high four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 14 points. The junior also recorded four rebounds and two assists. Paris Sharpe added 10 points and five rebounds while Rachel Lia netted 10 to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. 

The loss drops Rollins to 11-8 overall and 4-7 in Sunshine State Conference play. Embry-Riddle moves to 7-11, 5-7 SSC. 

The Eagles got 19 points and seven rebounds from Sarah Jones with Nikki Tucker adding 15 points and Sydney Jones grabbing 10 rebounds. 

Both teams came out firing with Rollins trailing just 18-14 after the first. The Tars fell into a 29-20 hole with 4:06 left in the half, but closed on an 8-1 run and used a Tianna Rosser buzzer beater to pull to within 30-27 at the break. 

Rollins continued to stay hot at the start of the third and opened a 40-32 lead at the 4:07 mark. The Tars took a 44-38 advantage into the fourth. 

After leading by as many as nine, Rollins saw the Eagles chip away and close the gap to 52-49 with 4:57 to play. Yari Martinez-Toro drained a deep 3-pointer on the Tars next possession but four-straight points by Sarah Jones over the next two minutes made it a 55-53 game. Jaylyn Harrison hit a floater to give the Tars some breathing room, 57-53 with 1:47 left. 

A three-point play by Rachel Murray closed ERAU to within 57-56 and, after a missed Tars jumper, Tucker hit a turnaround to put the hosts on top 58-57 with 37 ticks left. Rollins would then go 0-3 from the field in the final seconds while Embry-Riddle hit four free throws and completed its comeback on the Tars. 

Rollins was beat on the glass for just the second time this season (40-37) and committed 13 turnovers to ERAU's 14. The Tars shot 35 percent on the day with the Eagles hitting 44 percent. 

Rollins will look to bounce back with consecutive home games, first hosting 23rd-ranked Tampa on Saturday, February 1. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. at Warden Arena. The Tars then welcome Nova Southeastern for a 5:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, February 5. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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