Panthers Seek Bounce Back with Rollins In Women’s Hoops
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // February 25, 2015
A win puts FIT back into a tie for second
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Desperate for a win after falling out the polls for the first time since Dec. 16, Florida Tech meets Rollins Wednesday in a contest with plenty of Sunshine State Conference Tournament implications still on the line.
Since stumbling at home to the Tars for its first loss of the season on Jan. 21, Florida Tech has lost five of nine and slipped to fourth in the league standings with only two regular season games remaining.
A victory at the Alfond Sports Center, however, would not only do wonders for the Panthers’ psyche, but also put them back into a tie for second.
In Florida Tech’s most recent blunder, a 78-73 setback to Nova Southeastern on Senior Day, its shooting woes proved to be the difference.
The Panthers won the turnover battle, second chance points, bench points and rebounding margin, but converted just 39.5 percent from the field in comparison to the Sharks’ 51 percent.
Attributing to the struggle was the Florida Tech’s 2-of-16 performance from beyond the arc, including 1-of-10 in the second half.
Capping the season sweep of the Panthers, NSU has now garnered at least a share of the SSC regular season crown.
In a similar boat, Rollins has dropped three straight and slid all the way to No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll after being blown out by Tampa last Saturday. Therefore, something has to give.
Florida Tech let a six-point halftime lead slip away at home in the season’s first meeting in an eventual 72-65 loss to the Tars,
After limiting Rollins to 25 percent shooting in the first half, the Panthers surrendered 52 points on 61.5 percent shooting in the second half.
The key to the Tars’ success rested in the hands of Sarah Taylor. Averaging 10.2 points on the year, the senior torched the Panthers for a season-high 21 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-12 from the field.
Head coach John Reynolds will have another crack at his 10th 20-win season, as his Panthers look to halt their two-game losing skid.
Paul Van Scott will have the call live from Winter Park, Florida for the 5:30 tip-off on FloridaTechSports.com