No. 17 Rollins Captures Tourney Title in Overtime

Rollins’ fourth straight win improves its record to 7-1 on the season.

Sarah Taylor scored eight points in overtime to lead 17th-ranked Rollins to a 55-50 win over New Haven in the championship game of the Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday.

The win is Rollins’ fourth straight and improves its record to 7-1 on the season.

Sarah Blackburn was named the Tournament MVP and topped the Tars with 15 points and seven rebounds. Taylor tallied a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, also earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Emmalee Schill added nine points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Aquillin Hayes posted 17 points and an incredible 20 rebounds to lead New Haven (5-2). Bria Moore scored 13 points for the Chargers with Rykeme Stone netting 11.

Rollins shot 30 percent (19-63) from the floor, including a 6-of-16 mark from 3-point range. UNH hit 32 percent (20-63) from the field and out-rebounded Rollins 51-48.

The Tars forced 23 New Haven turnovers and committed just 13 on the night.

The Chargers led throughout a close first half with a UNH five-point lead serving as the biggest gap of the period. The Tars went into intermission down 24-21.

Ashley Losch scored the first five points of the second to give Rollins its first lead, 26-24 with 18:46 to play. The game would then see six more lead changes and four ties until the final minutes of regulation.

Rollins led 44-43 before Stone drew a foul and connected on both from the line to put New Haven up 45-44 with 1:03 to play.

Freshman Tanaya Jones was hacked on the ensuing possession and scored the game tying free throw with 48 seconds on the clock. The Tars then got a quick turnover but a Losch jumper was off the mark in the final seconds. New Haven secured the rebound, but its final attempt came up short and the game headed to overtime.

In the extra frame, Rollins scored the first seven points and never looked back, holding off the Chargers down the stretch.

Rollins will put its winning streak on the line Tuesday, Dec. 3, hosting Warner University at 7 p.m. Sunshine State Conference play will then start on Saturday, Dec. 7 at home against Saint Leo. Fans can check out all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at Rollins Sports.com.