WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 27, 2012) - Coming off conference and region championships and its first trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, Rollins set another program record, finishing fifth in the final WBCA Division II poll.
The ranking is the Tars highest in program history with the previous best at No. 6 during the 2000-01 season.
Rollins entered the postseason ranked 15th and used a big NCAA tournament run to rise in the poll.
National champion Shaw, who beat Rollins in the final four, earned the top spot after being unranked at the end of the regular season. National runner-up Ashland came in second with Bentley and Wayne State College ranking ahead of the Tars.
Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern checked in at No. 22 in the final poll.
Rollins started the season receiving votes and entered the poll for the first time in November, coming in No. 21. A win over No. 22 Florida Southern propelled the Tars to 10th by the start of January and all the way to seventh on Jan. 21.
The Tars spent two weeks in the top-10 and fell to 14th at the beginning of February. A five-game winning streak got them back No. 9 but they dropped to No. 17 by the end of the regular season. After winning the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, Rollins hit the NCAA South Region Tournament as the 15th-ranked team in Division II.
Hosting the region tournament for the third time, the Tars won three-straight and earned a spot in the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Once in San Antonio, Rollins beat Lander 66-62 in the first round, but fell to Shaw 87-71 in the national semifinal, finishing the season 28-6.