March 14, 2009

Courtesy Rollins Athletics

CLEVELAND, Miss.  - Freshman Kourtnie Berry posted a game-high 18 points, but Rollins was unable to overcome a balanced Arkansas-Monticello attack, falling 78-66 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.

The fourth seeded Tars' season ends with a record of 25-6 and includes a co-Sunshine State Conference championship and runner-up finish in the SSC Tournament. Fifth seeded UAM improves to 21-8 and will play top seeded Delta State at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Berry shot 7-for-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arch to post a new career high in the final game of her freshman year. Jessica Pressley added 10 points with Ines Teuma netting eight and pulling down seven rebounds.

Andrea Dubose led four Cotton Blossoms in double figures with 13 points. Erika Brown and Addie Lees added 12 points with Monica Perkins-Miller chipping in 11.

The Tars shot 43 percent (25-of-58) from the field while UAM hit for 49 percent (25-of-51). Rollins won the battle on the glass, out rebounding UAM 32-31.

Rollins played from behind the entire game with a pair of Nicole Low free throws starting the scoring 90 seconds into the game. Rollins go rolling after a Malatesta free throw, but the Cotton Blossoms stayed hot and pushed the lead to 14, 31-17 with five minutes left in the half. Rollins turned around with an 11-2 run and cut the lead to five with 1:16 to go after a Berry triple. UAM scored the next four points to end the half as Rollins went into intermission in a 37-28 hole.

The Cotton Blossoms ran the lead back to 15 over the first eight minutes of the second half, before the Tars gave it one last gas and cut the UAM advantage to seven with 9:14 to go. That would be as close at the Tars would get, however, as Monticello scored the upset to advance into the second round.