At A Glance - Heading into the second half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule, the 19th-ranked Rollins women's basketball team looks to win three straight in the SSC for the first time this season, traveling to Nova Southeastern. The Tars (17-3, 5-3 SSC) were stung by the injury bug leading up to and during their victory over Lynn on Wednesday. Starting point guard Tera McDaniel has been out with a foot injury since the beginning of the month and starting forward Brooke Burgess didn't make the trip due to illness. During the game, starting guard Jasmine Bradley went down with a knee injury and key reserve Katie Gordon sprained an ankle. Regardless, Rollins used a big first half to defeat the Fighting Knights 84-75 and keep pace in the conference race. At the midway point, the Tars are in fourth place, two games back of leader Florida Southern and one off of Florida Tech and Tampa. Rollins ranks second in the SSC in both offense (74.5 ppg) and defense (55.1 ppg) and leads in scoring margin (+19.4). The game will mark just the fourth true road game for the Tars this season, who have a record of 2-1 away from Warden Arena...Nova Southeastern (10-7, 3-5 SSC) has dropped its last four straight, most recently an 86-56 loss to SSC leader Florida Southern. The Sharks scored nearly 70 points a game, but rank last in the conference in defense, allowing 69.5 a game. They also struggle on the glass with a -2.3 rebounding margin, but lead the SSC in blocks with better than five swats a game. NSU is 7-2 in the Taft Center this season, including a 3-1 home mark against SSC foes.
The Series - Rollins leads the all-time series 17-5, and won the meeting between the two teams, 87-61 in Winter Park early December. Jasmine Bradley led the way for the Tars with 23 points while Stephanie Sarosi paced NSU with 20 points. The game was decided in the second half as the Tars rolled up 47 second half points and held the Sharks to just 24 percent shooting in the frame.
The Stars - Kristina Mingos leads the Tars in scoring this season with 11.7 points and is the top rebounder with 5.9 boards a game. Amber Heistan is chipping 10.4 points a game while Kourtnie Berry adds 10 points a night. Mingos leads the SSC in 3-point shooting, hitting 46 percent and Berry is second in free throw shooting, hitting 82 percent from the stripe...Stephanie Sarosi leads Nova Southeastern and is second in the conference with 16.8 points per game. Abbie Tepe adds 9.5 a night while handing out a team best 5.6 assists per game, which ranks second in the conference.
The Coaches - Rollins legend Glenn Wilkes, Jr. (Stetson '81) is in his 25th season at the helm of the Tars program and, with a record of 549-178, is the winningest coach in program history...Ann Walker is the interim head coach for Nova and has a record of 10-7.
The Rankings - After starting the season unranked, Rollins currently sits No. 19 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll, Nova did not receive any votes. Rollins is also ranked No. 5 in the first NCAA Division II South Region Poll; NSU was not in the top 10. Rollins was picked third in the SSC preseason poll and NSU checked in at No. 5.