At A Glance - The streaking Rollins women's basketball team, ranked No. 19 in Division II, looks to climb another rung on the Sunshine State Conference ladder against Tampa on Wednesday. Rollins is 18-3 overall and 6-3 in SSC play, just one game behind UT (15-4, 7-2) in the conference standings. The Tars have won their last four, most recently a thrilling 80-79 road win against Nova Southeastern. Paris Moore and Julie Gorman each tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tars. Moore scored the decisive point, hitting a free throw with just two seconds left to break the 79-79 tie. The Tars stand second in both scoring offense (74.8 ppg) and scoring defense (56.2 ppg) in the conference and are one of the top 3-point shooting teams, hitting 38 percent from beyond the arc. Rollins also tops the SSC in rebounding margin, out-boarding its opponents by nearly nine caroms a game. The Tars will be a very different team from the last time they met the Spartans, having been hampered with injuries to key players. Starting guards Tera McDaniel and Jasmine Bradley, as well as starting forward Brooke Burgess, have all been forced to miss significant time for the Tars...Tampa has dropped two of its last four and is coming off a 72-69 win over Barry on Saturday. Taja Green led four Spartans in double-figures in the shootout that saw both teams hit better than 50-percent from the field. The Spartans lead the conference and are one of Division II's top shooting teams in the nation, hitting 46 percent from the field (7th in Division II) and 44 percent from 3-point range (2nd in Division II).
The Series - Rollins leads the all-time series with Tampa 47-33, with the teams splitting in the regular season each of the past three years. On Jan. 2, they met in Tampa with the Spartans handing then 14th-ranked Rollins a 75-69 loss, its first of the season. Kristina Mingos hit four 3-pointers and led Rollins with 18 points while Taja Green led UT with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Stars - Kristina Mingos tops Rollins in the season box score, pouring in 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. She is seventh in the SSC in 3-point shooting (44 percent) and third in triples made (49). Since moving into the starting lineup, Kourtnie Berry has been hot and averages 10.2 points per game. Amber Heistan also nets 10.2 a night to go along with team-bests in blocks (16) and steals (34)...Taja Green is Tampa's and the SSC's top scorer, netting 17.5 games a night and stands fourth with 7.4 rebounds per game. Gianna Messina chips in 15.8 points a game and a team-best 8.3 rebounds while Lindsey Watston is netting 12.8 points a game.
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 550-178, is the winningest coach in program history...Tom Jessee (Bluefield St. '88) is in his ninth season with the Spartans and has a career record of 349-162.
The Rankings - After starting the season unranked, Rollins currently sits No. 19 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll while Tampa earned 11 votes. Rollins is also ranked No. 5 in the first NCAA Division II South Region Poll; Tampa checks in at No. 4.