Florida Tech Women’s Basketball Falls To Rollins College 59-50 Saturday Afternoon

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Florida Tech’s road woes continued in their visit to Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins on Saturday as the Tars earned the season sweep of the Panthers with a 59-50 victory at the Alfond Sports Center in Winter Park. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech’s road woes continued in their visit to Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins on Saturday as the Tars earned the season sweep of the Panthers with a 59-50 victory at the Alfond Sports Center in Winter Park.

FIT drops to 1-5 on the road and 5-6 in the SSC this season while RC improves to 6-4 in conference play.

DeLise Williams was the only Panther in double-figures with a game-high 11 points to go along with eight assists and six steals. Markeema Crawford scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. Julie McCarthy and Tereza Sedlakova recorded eight points and five rebounds apiece.

Jasmine Stone led the Tars with 11 points. Marie Gilbert chipped in nine points and four rebounds and Carly McLendon tallied eight points and seven boards in the win.

Both Florida Tech (18-of-52) and Rollins (19-of-54) shot 35 percent from the floor in the game while RC controlled the rebounding battle 43-30.

It was a very sloppy contest for the two sides as well. The teams combined for 47 turnovers in the game with the Tars accounting for 24 of those mistakes.

A pair of unassisted baskets by McCarthy had the Panthers tied with RC 4-4 with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter. FIT then went on to outscore the Tars 10-4 the rest of the period and took a 14-8 advantage into the second.

After RC cut its deficit to three, 14-11, to open the second quarter, the Panthers scored seven consecutive points, capped by Williams’ jumper with 7:07 left on the clock, and extended their lead to double-digits, 21-11. However, from there FIT’s momentum came to a screeching halt as it was held scoreless the remainder of the half.

The Tars took advantage, tallying 10 straight points and tying the game at 21-21 on Tianna Rosser’s buzzer beating put-back before halftime.

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The Panthers’ struggles continued into the second half as Rollins opened the third on a 16-5 run and led 37-26 at the 4:43 mark of the quarter. Both teams scored seven points the remainder of the period and RC took a 44-33 advantage into the final frame.

Momentum looked as though it returned to the Crimson and Gray in the fourth, as an 8-0 run by the Panthers, including five by Amanda Allen, had them back to within three of the Tars 44-41 with 8:16 left in the quarter. However, that was the closest FIT would come to tying the game as Rollins scored 15 of the final 24 points and held on for the victory.

The Panthers hit the road again for their next game on Wednesday, Jan. 25, as they travel to Miami Shores for a SSC bout with the Buccaneers of Barry at 5:30 p.m. ET. Fans can access the live coverage at FloridaTechSports.com.


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