Aniquah Swan was the only Panther in double digits on Wednesday, as host Rollins beat Florida Tech 61-49 on Wednesday, in a Sunshine State Conference contest.
Swan finished with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds, leading a Panthers squad that shot 29.5 percent from the floor. Gudlaug Juliusdottir finished with nine points, and Fanny Hakanson led the Panthers with six assists.
Despite a week between games, the Panthers held their own in the first quarter, trailing 13-11 after 10 minutes. Florida Tech (8-10, 4-6 SSC) had a 5-0 run early in the quarter and led 7-4, before the Tars ran off nine straight points, giving them a 13-7 lead. Juliusdottir took matters into her own hands at that point, scoring two consecutive baskets and cutting the deficit to two.
Rollins (11-7, 4-6 SSC) took a 20-13 lead in the first two and a half minutes of the second quarter, but the Panthers went on a 7-0 run, including five points by Severine Uggen. A jumper by Amanda Allen tied things up at 20 with just over five minutes to go.
Rollins answered with five straight points, but a Fanny Paulin three cut it to 25-23. Rollins got going again with a 10-3 run, giving them a 35-26 lead with 52 seconds left in the quarter. They would go to the locker room with a 35-28 lead.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, holding the home team to nine points. Swan did her part on the offensive end in the opening minutes, scoring six straight points, and making it a three-point game, 37-34. Juliusdottir’s three-point play tied the game at 37 with 6:28 left in the quarter.
A three by Yari Martinez-Toro gave the Tars a 40-37 lead, and they would stretch that lead to five before November Morton made it 42-39. Rollins would answer with just under two minutes left, before an Amanda Allen three got the Panthers to within two, 44-42 with 1:48 to go. Neither team would score again before the buzzer.
The two teams traded the first two buckets of the fourth, giving Rollins a 46-44 lead. An 8-0 Tars run would follow, before a Paulin three made it 54-47 with 4:26 left in regulation. Allen would hit two free throws with 2:31 to go, and that would be the last points the Panthers scored, as they were shut out the rest of the way.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Rollins Box Score
The Panthers return home this Saturday to host Saint Leo at 2:00 p.m.