Rollins edges out Palm Beach Atlantic
Jones scores 11 points to help lead the Tars to the win
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Playing just its second road game of the season, No. 10 Rollins needed the full 40 minutes but sealed its 10th consecutive victory in the final seconds, beating Palm Beach Atlantic 57-54 Wednesday.
|No. 10 Rollins 57, Palm Beach Atlantic 54|
|No. 13 Pittsburg State 81, Lincoln 73|
|No. 14 USC-Aiken 59, Francis Marion 47|
|No. 19 Emporia State 74, Missouri Southern 55|
|No. 22 Florida Southern 65, Eckerd 62|
Ashley Jones poured in 11 points to lead Rollins (10-1) while Sarah Blackburn and Tera McDaniel each netted nine.
Loren Wilkins paced PBA (5-11) with 17 points and Hayley Fields added 13.
Rollins raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first 90 seconds but the Sailfish came back to take an 18-13 advantage halfway through the first.
The Tars found themselves behind by the same spread, 31-26, in the final 40 seconds of the first half, but a Kristina Mingos layup and Blackburn steal and fast break cut the PBA lead to 31-30 at the half. A 13-4 run for Rollins started the second half and forced a 'Fish timeout with 15:12 to play and the Tars up eight 43-35.
Rollins was up eight with less than eight minutes to play, but saw PBA chip away and eventually close to within one, 55-54 after a Fields old fashioned 3-point play with just 1:06 left. After a Jones offensive foul, Rollins got a stop on the other end and a pair of clutch Sarah Taylor free throws with three ticks left sealed the win. The Tars shot 42 percent (23-54) in the game while PBA hit 41 percent (21-51) and won on the boards, 34-29.