No. 3 Rollins (20-6) vs. No. 6 Florida Tech (13-13)
Sunshine State Conference Tournament Quarterfinal
Warden Arena – Winter Park, Florida
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
VIDEO/AUDIO: Geico Tars Sports Network/91.5 FM WPRK
Play-by-Play: Robert Segal
In-Studio Pregame/Halftime – Austin David
LIVE STATS: TarsStats.com
Riding a 12-game winning streak into the postseason, Rollins hosts Florida Tech Wednesday in the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Quarterfinals. The Tars tied for second in the final SSC standings and are the third-seed by way of a coin-flip against second-seed Florida Southern. Rollins took both meetings against Tech earlier in the season, by five in Melbourne and nine at home. The Panthers finished the regular season 13-13 and as the six-seed in the conference tournament. Tech won two in a row and three of its last five to close the regular season slate. Rollins is 12-4 in Warden Arena this season while Florida Tech is 4-10 away from home, including a 2-1 mark in Winter Park.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Marie Gilbert leads the Tars with 11.0 points a game and is coming off a 17-point senior day against Saint Leo. She is also pulling down 4.5 rebounds a night and is shooting 82 percent at the free throw line. Julia Inlger is getting 10.0 points a game and leads the Tars at the stripe, hitting 87 percent. Carly McLendon averages 8.7 points, 6.6 rebounds a game and shoots 59 percent from the field. The sophomore is 10th in the nation in blocks per game and 12th in total blocks. She has set the Tars single season school record with 72 swats on the year. Rollins is averaging 67.1 points a game and is allowing just 59.3 a night. The Tars are the top-rebounding team in the SSC with a plus-7.8 margin.
TRACKING THE PANTHERS:
DeLise Williams leads the Florida Tech offense with 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game. Julie McCarthy is getting 9.6 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds a night after pointing a double-double against PBA with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tereza Sedlakova is averaging 6.7 points a game. The Panthers offense is putting up 63.0 points and allowing 62.4 points a game.
Rollins leads the all-time series with Florida Tech 52-22 and has won its last 11 in a row over FIT. They last met in a defensive battle in Winter Park with the Tars winning 59-50. Jasmine Stone scored 11 for the Tars while DeLise Williams scored 11 for Tech.
All-time, Rollins is 47-28 in the SSC Tournament, including a 21-4 mark in the quarterfinals.
Rollins is 6-9 all-time as the No. 3 seed and 8-4 all-time against FIT in the SSC Tournament.
Rollins has bowed out of the SSC Tournament in the quarterfinals each of the last two seasons.
Rollins 12 game winning streak is its longest since rolling off 14 straight from Nov. 12, 2011 to Jan. 14, 2012.
Rollins sat third in the latest NCAA Division II South Region ranking.
Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 683-233 in his 31st year leading the program.
The semifinals of the SSC Tournament is slated for Saturday, March 3 at Embry-Riddle. The winner of Rollins vs. FIT will take on the winner of Florida Southern and Saint Leo at 2:30 p.m. in the ICI Center. Fans can catch all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.