At A Glance - Riding a four-game winning streak, the new-look Rollins women's basketball team puts its No. 19 national ranking on the line Saturday at Eckerd. The Tars (19-3, 7-3 SSC) will be looking to avenge a last second loss to the Tritons, 72-71 in Winter Park on Jan. 8. The Tars have been battling against injuries since the holiday break, but have conformed and are playing some of the best basketball in the Sunshine State Conference. Rollins is coming off a convincing 74-66 win over Tampa. The victory moved the Tars into a tie for third place in the conference standings, just one game behind Florida Tech and a half a game back of Florida Southern. Amber Heistan came up huge for Rollins against UT, hitting five 3-pointers and putting up 20 points. The Tars continue to lead the SSC in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 18 points a game. The offense generates 74.7 points a game while the defense holds teams to just 56.7; both stats ranking second in the conference...Eckerd (12-8, 5-5 SSC) is just 3-4 since its upset of the then 14th-ranked Tars and are coming off a 64-59 win at Barry on Wednesday. The Tritons are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league, netting just 59 points a game, but a stout defense keeps it close, surrendering just 58.3 points a night. EC leads the SSC in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to just 36.2 percent shooting while Rollins stands second at 36.3 percent.
The Series - Rollins leads the all-time series with Eckerd 62-11 and have won five of the last six. They met on Jan. 8 in Winter Park with the Tritons' Taylor Young scoring a stick back with seven seconds to play to give EC to a 72-71 win. Jasmine Bradley scored 16 points to lead the Tars while Paris Moore recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kati Rausberg drained five 3-pointers and netted a game-high 21 to lead Eckerd.
The Stars - Kristina Mingos lead three Tars scoring in double figures with 11.5 points a game, while also hauling in a team-best 6.1 rebounds a night. She is shooting 45 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range. Amber Heistan is netting 10.7 points a night and leads the team with 16 blocks. Kourtnie Berry adds 10.1 points a night and is the Tars' top free throw shooter, hitting 81 percent from the line...Ashley Lutz paces the Tritons with 11.4 points a game and hands out a team-high 2.8 assists. Kati Rasuberg nets 11 points a game and leads the SSC by shooting 47 percent from 3-point range. Krystal Charles and Taylor Young each tally seven points and six rebounds for EC.
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 551-178, is the winningest coach in program history. He is now within one win of his father, Stetson legend Glenn Wilkes Sr. who guided the Hatter men to a record of 552-435 in 36 seasons...Paul Honsinger (Eckerd '98) is in his fifth year leading Eckerd and has a career mark of 60-70.
The Rankings - After starting the season unranked, Rollins currently sits No. 19 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll; Eckerd did not receive any votes. Rollins is also ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division II South Region Rankings; EC was not in the top-10.