WINTER PARK, Fla. – Rollins was down late, but allowed just three points during the final five minutes as the 23rd-ranked Tars upset 12th-ranked Indiana (Pa.) 56-52 on Sunday.
The win was Rollins’ third in a row and improved its record to 8-2 heading into the new year. IUP fell to 9-2.
Sarah Taylor was knocked out of the game early in the first half, but returned to lead the Tars with 12 points and eight rebounds. Ashley Jones added 11 points while Emmalee Schill and Ashley Losch each netted 10.
Ashley Stoner paced the Hawks with a game-high 15 points. Amy Fairman added 11.
The Tars shot just 31 percent (16-of-52) from the floor, but were boosted by a 20-for-31 performance at the stripe. IUP was 18-of-48 (38 percent) from the field. Rollins earned a 42-35 edge on the glass and forced 15 turnovers while committing just eight.
Rollins played down nearly the entire first half, taking slim one-point leads on two early occasions. The Tars were up 9-8 with 15:39 to play in the half before a 9-2 IUP run gave Indiana a 17-10 advantage.
The Tars were in a 28-20 hole at the 3:38 mark, but closed the halfon a quick 5-0 run to head into intermission down 28-25.
Still playing catch-up, the Tars trailed by as much as 38-32 with 13 minutes to play. They came back to tie the score twice, but fell behind 49-44 with 5:29 remaining.
Blackburn then scored four quick points and Taylor put the Tars up 50-49 with a layup at the 2:20 mark. Stoner swung the lead back to IUP with a put back on the next possession before another Taylor jumper on the other end put the Tars up for good, 52-51.
With 22 seconds to play and up against the shot clock, Jones was fouled on a drive to put the Tars up three and the defense held down the stretch to hold on for the win.