WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – The two-time defending Sunshine State Conference Tournament Champion Rollins women’s basketball team was voted second in the 2013-14 SSC Preseason poll, it was announced by Commissioner Jay Jones on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted among the conference’s coaches, gave the Tars 52 points and one first place nod. Last season’s co-champion and Elite Eight participant Nova Southeastern topped the poll with seven first place votes and 62 points.

Florida Tech and Tampa tied for third with 44 points. Saint Leo (39) came in fifth and earned the eighth first place vote.

The Tars tied for third in the 2012-13 final SSC standings with a 9-7 mark in conference and 22-9 overall record. Rollins won seven of its last nine to close the regular season and then picked up three straight wins in the SSC tournament to claim the title.

In the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Rollins beat the other SSC co-champion Lynn in the first round before falling to NSU in the round of 32.

Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. enters his 28th season at the helm of the program with a career record of 603-198. He has the daunting task of replacing three-year starting point guard Tera McDaniel and former All-America forward Ashley Jones from last year’s team.

Seniors Sara Blackburn and Jasmine Cohen will lead the 2013-14 team that features the return of nine letterwinners and four starters.

The season starts Nov. 8-9 at the SSC/SIAC Crossover in Fort Valley, Ga. Rollins meets host FVSU at 5 p.m. on Nov. 8, then faces Albany State at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. The Tars then return home to host the Rollins Tipoff Classic Nov. 15-16.

Fans can follow the Tars all season long on the Tars Sports Network at and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

2013 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Women's Basketball Poll

Rank - Team, Points (1st-place votes)

1 - Nova Southeastern, 62 (7)

2 - Rollins, 52 (1)

T3 - Florida Tech, 44

T3 - Tampa, 44

5 - Saint Leo, 39 (1)

T6 - Eckerd, 28

T6 - Lynn, 28

8 - Barry, 16

9 - Florida Southern, 11