Physical Contest Leaves Tars on Winning Side in Women's Basketball

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Battling hard throughout, the Tars of Rollins College and Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball teams both put forth solid efforts on Saturday afternoon at the Rubin Arena with the Tars prevailing by a final score of 76-59.

While the final score may have indicated a blowout, the game was anything but as PBA actually held a point advantage at halftime with a 30-29 lead and kept the game within striking distance until the final minutes of action allowed the Tars to put the game out of reach.

Sophomore Brooke Burgess (Palm City, Fla.) put together a double-double performance for the Fish and finished the game with team-high honors of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rollins was paced by the sharp-shooting efforts of sophomore Jessica Pressley (Debary, Fla.) who tallied game-high honors with 27 points while connecting on 5-of-11 from long range and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Burgess tallied 15 of her points in the first-half while accumulating half of the PBA’s first-half output. PBA entered the lockeroom with the one point lead with much thanks going to their defense as they limited the Tars to only 33% from the field in the opening half (12-36).

As the second-half got underway, it appeared that Rollins would run away with the game as they promptly went on a 8-0 run to start the half, highlighted by a long triple from Pressley.

The Fish would fight back however and cut the deficit to one point at 38-39 on a pair of Kim Kelly (Missouri City, Tex.) free-throws at the 15:57 mark.

That would be as close as the Fish would get in the second half however as RC continued to shoot well from beyond the arc and finished the half with five three-pointers.

Following Burgess team-leading scoring total was fellow sophomores Haley Adcock (Monroe, Ga.) and junior Sitara Richard (Richardson, Tex.) with 12 points. Richard connected on 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc but struggled to find open looks as the suffocating Tars defense kept pressure on PBA’s ball movement throughout the game.

Brittany Daiger (Winter Park, Fla.) and Erin Kirkwood (Orlando, Fla.) each added in 10 points for the Tars while senior guard Jennifer Musgrove (Palm Bay, Fla.) pulled down an impressive 13 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. The Tars finished the contest with 20 offensive rebounds while forcing the Sailfish into 19 turnovers.

PBA will finish up their 2007-2008 campaign with their final game of the season on February 23rd when they host the University of Tampa at the Rubin Arena at 3 pm.

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