At A Glance - Heading into the final five games of the season, the Rollins women's basketball team will look to gain seeding and build momentum, starting with a trip to Barry on Wednesday. The Tars have won four of their last five, but are coming off a 68-51-road loss to Eckerd on Saturday. Rollins was sluggish coming out of the gate while the Tritons couldn't miss and opened up a 41-23 halftime lead. The loss halted Rollins' four game winning streak that included triumphs over SSC front-runners Florida Southern and Tampa. The Tars sit in fourth place in the SSC standings with a record of 7-4 (19-4 overall), two games back of leaders Florida Tech and Florida Southern - both teams the Tars will play on the road in the next two weeks. The Tars still top the SSC in scoring margin (+16.5) and are second in both scoring offense (73.7 ppg) and defense (57.2 ppg). Rollins is also one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the SSC, hitting 37 percent from beyond the arc, and leads the league in rebounding margin (+8.0)...Barry (9-12, 2-9 SSC) has lost three straight, most recently a 60-50 setback to Florida Southern. The Bucs were up four at the half, but shot just 24 percent in the second period and were overtaken by the Mocs. Barry is eighth in the SSC in offense with 59.1 points a game, but is stingy on the other side of the court and is 10th in the nation, allowing just 54 points a game. They also rank seventh in Division II with just 13.9 turnovers a game.
The Series - Rollins leads the all-time series with Barry 39-14, including a 46-43 win earlier this season. It was a defensive battle with the Bucs shooting just 31 percent to the Tars 36 percent from the field. Kristina Mingos led Rollins with 10 points and nine rebounds while Yvonne Houston paced the Bucs with 10 points. The last time Rollins played in Miami Shores, Barry downed the Tars 63-55. The Bucs top-three scorers in the game have since graduated while Amber Heistan led the Tars with 14 points.
The Stars - Kristina Mingos is the Tars top scorer and rebounder, recording 11.6 points and six rebounds a night. She is shooting a team best 43 percent from 3-point range and has also averaged 1.7 steals a game. Amber Heistan adds 10.5 a game and leads the Tars with 16 blocks. Kourtnie Berry nets 9.7 a game and leads the Tars (4th in SSC) by shooting 81 percent from the charity stripe...Yvonne Houston scores 14 points a game to lead Barry on the season. Shanna Suttington adds 11.4 points a night and Adrienne Hicks chips in 8.1. Danielle DeBerry is the team's top rebounder with 5.2 a game while Suttington hands out four assists a game, fifth-best in the SSC.
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 551-179, 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...Bill Sullivan (Georgetown College '73) is in his fifth season leading the Buccaneer women and has a record of 77-60.
The Rankings - Rollins stayed No. 19 in the NCAA Division II poll for the third straight week; Barry did not receive any votes.