On Jan. 24, the Spartans took on Rollins in one of their worst losses of the season.
This one was a hard fought loss for the Spartans who came up short after a strong rally to start the second half.
Junior guard Juliana Cavallaro led the comeback for the Spartans after putting up 19 points in 34 minutes of play. The Spartans tied up the game with 8:36 remaining in the second half, but would ultimately go on to lose the game 63-46.
In their next game, the Spartans looked to rebound against Barry. Junior guard/forward Ellen Nurmi had an exceptional performance tying a career high 26-point outing. The other time Nurmi scored 26 was also against Barry.
Nurmi also had five rebounds and five assists to go along with her exceptional offensive output.
The Spartans defense played a pivotal role in this game as they held Barry to 35.8 percent shooting from the field.
Tampa would win this one by a comfortable margin of 61-49.
Tampa hosted Nova Southeastern in one of the closest games of this season so far.
The Spartans overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to tie up the game.
Rodney hit two clutch free throws down the stretch to tie the game, only to be wasted as Nova Southeastern’s junior guard Monaye Merritt scored the final basket of the game to give them a 55-53 win over the Spartans.
Just like the Spartans always do, they bounced back in a dominant win against Lynn University. Cavallaro led the charge for the Spartans with an impressive stat line of 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Looking to start a winning streak the Spartans hosted Florida Tech in another close matchup.
Cavallaro scored a team high 25 points, and is now only 47 career points away from 1000 point milestone. The Spartans were up by three when Rodney blocked a crucial three point shot to seal the win for the Spartans. Tampa would go on to win by a final score of 64-61.
Ed Kerner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org