Rollins Rolls from the Start; Defeats PBA Women's Basketball
February 3, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WINTER PARK, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball team made the long trip to the campus of Rollins College on Wednesday evening for the first of two PBA-RC basketball games on the evening at the Warden Arena. Unfortunately the Lady Fish, the result didn’t favor the young visitors as the Lady Tars scored early and often on their way to an 88-57 win over PBA in non-conference action.
Rollins (15-5) began the contest with five straight points from Amber Heistan and seemingly never looked back as they led by double-figures just over seven minutes into the game.
A layup by former Sailfish forward Brooke Burgess who is now a member of the Tars with 14:23 to play pushed the Tars advantage to 13-3 in the early stages of the game, a lead the Fish would never gain back. The first-half lead grew to as many 12 points when Burgess connected on an old-fashioned three-point play with 11:41 to play.
After their quick start, the Tars stated to come back to earth over the next few minutes as PBA went on their own run to cut the RC advantage to just three points when freshman guard Ashley Dolberry made good on a basket with 3:56 remaining in the half to trail 34-31.
Back came the Tars however as they promptly followed Dolberry’s bucket with a quick run of their own that totaled 11 straight points to go into halftime leading 45-31.
The second-half featured Rollins team adding to their lead with their biggest advantage coming with 5:09 remaining as Jamie Messer put her team on top by a score of 80-46.
Four Rollins players reached double-figures led by Burgess 18 points in 18 minutes as the junior from Jensen Beach connected on 7-of-13 shots off the bench for game-high honors of 18 points while adding in five rebounds. Kristina Mingos chipped in with 11 points off the bench while starters Heistan and Brittany Daiger added 10 points each.
For the Fish, they were paced by 15 points from sophomore guard Hayley Fields who hit 3-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc and added two rebounds and one steal.
Freshman Meredith Treat followed next with 11 points and six rebounds while Dolberry nearly reached her average by totaling 10 points in 29 minutes of court time.
PBA will travel to another Sunshine State Conference opponent for their next outing as they are scheduled to take on Barry University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th in Miami Shores, Florida.