Rollins Defeats Florida Tech in Women’s Basketball Conference Opener
MELBOURNE, Fla. — The Florida Tech women’s basketball team opened Sunshine State Conference play with a 74-54 loss to visiting Rollins College Saturday
afternoon in the Clemente Center.
Senior Joslyn Giles (Winter Haven, Fla.) led the Tars with 22 points, which matched her career-high, and also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Tenisha Chase (Temple Hills, Md.) paced Florida Tech and also matched her career-high with 15 points. Junior Danise Fequiere (Miami, Fla.) added
12 points and seven rebounds, and junior Danielle Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) chipped in seven points and a team-high eight rebounds for the host Panthers.
Sophomore Rachael Workman (Northampton, Mass.) and freshman Jessica Barker (Orange City, Fla.) added 10 points apiece for the victorious Tars. Senior Randi
Weiss (Kissimmee, Fla.) added a game-best four blocked shots for Rollins.
Coming off the bench playing a limited seven minutes junior center Shante Johnson (Orlando, Florida) played hard for her time adding four points, two
rebounds and one steal.
After taking a 3-2 lead on a Vaughn three-pointer just over two minutes into the game, Florida Tech would trail the rest of the way. After Vaughn’s three,
Rollins (8-0, 1-0 SSC) went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes and 12 seconds to pull ahead 12-3 with a little over 13 minutes remaining in the first
half. The Tars would extend their lead to as many as 14 points before taking a 37-25 halftime advantage.
The second half started out nip-and-tuck as Florida Tech trimmed the lead to nine points, 39-30, four minutes into the period. Rollins used a 6-0 run over
the next four and a half minutes to extend its lead to 15 points, 45-30, before pulling away. The Tars’ lead would grow to as many as 24 points, 68-44,
with just under four minutes remaining in the contest.
Rollins shot 46% from the field (27-for-59), while limiting Florida Tech to just 33% shooting (20-for-61). The Tars also claimed a 46-37 edge in
rebounding. Turnovers were plentiful, as Florida Tech committed 24, while the Panthers force Rollins to turn the ball over 20 times.
The Florida Tech women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, December 7 with a non-conference game against SSC rival Nova Southeastern. Tip-off
at the Clemente Center is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. That game will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by a men’s matchup between Florida Tech and Palm Beach Atlantic.