At A Glance - Heading into the final week of the regular season, Rollins finds itself clinging to a spot in the top half of the Sunshine State Conference standings and home game in the first round of the SSC tournament. The Tars (20-6) have dropped three of their last four and are coming off an 87-63 loss to Florida Southern on Saturday. With a conference record of 8-6, Rollins is a half game ahead of Eckerd for fourth in the standings with the Tritons owning the tiebreaker. Rollins ranks second in the SSC in both offense (72.3 ppg) and defense (57.9 ppg) while leading the league in rebounding margin (+7.2). Rollins started the season 14-0 and ascended to No. 14 in the Division II poll before being stung by the injury bug and falling out of the rankings this week. The Tars are just 3-4 in true road games this season, but won a pair of neutral site games at the Clemente Center to begin the season...Florida Tech (21-5, 10-4 SSC) is third in the conference, two games back of leader Florida Southern. Since beating then 16th-ranked Rollins in mid-January, Tech is 6-2 and coming off a 61-50 loss to Eckerd last week. The Panthers generate a SSC fifth-best 68.6 points a game and rank third in scoring defense, allowing 58.1 points a night. FIT's guard corps is one of the best in the SSC as Tech tops the SSC in steals with 11.3 a game. Florida Tech is tough at home, posting a mark of 12-2 in Melbourne.
The Series - Rollins leads the all-time series 37-20 over the Panthers, with FIT taking the last two. They last met on Jan. 19 in Winter Park with Tech winning 62-58. The Panthers outscored the Tars 8-2 in the final three minutes to snag the win. Brooke Burgess, Jasmine Bradley and Paris Moore each scored 10 points to lead Rollins. Lynisha Nelson led FIT and all scorers with 22 points behind a 10-for-10 performance from the charity stripe.
The Stars - Kristina Mingos is the Tars' top scorer and rebounder, averaging 11.7 points and 6.0 boards a game. Amber Heistan has been coming on strong lately and is second with 10.8 points a night, and leads the Tars with 62 and is chasing the Tars single season record of 73, set by Jessica Pressley during the 2008-09 season. Kourtnie Berry is third in the team in scoring with 9.6 a game and is one of the top free throw shooters in the SSC at 81 percent...Lynisha Nelson leads the Panthers and ranks third in the SSC with 16.4 points a game. She leads the SSC with 3.7 steals a game and is second with 5.9 assists a night. Ashton McClairen adds 13.2 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 552-181, is the winningest coach in program history. He has matched the win total of his legendary father, Glenn Wilkes, Sr. who went 552-435 in 36 seasons as the head men's coach at Stetson...John Reynolds (Brockport St. '76) is in his 24th season leading the Panthers and is 441-245 as head coach.
The Rankings - Rollins dropped out of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and received 16 votes. Florida Tech earned 10 votes in the poll. Rollins was seventh in the latest NCAA Division II South Region rankings while Florida Tech came in at No. 4 with a new poll to be released Wednesday.