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Tars Welcome Knights in Regular Season Finale
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 02/25/2011
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At A Glance - With the Sunshine State Conference title already decided, Saturday's final games of the regular season will determine seeding in next week's SSC Tournament with the Rollins and Lynn match-up playing a huge factor. The Tars (21-6, 9-6 SSC) are coming off a huge 69-60 road win at Florida Tech on Wednesday which keeps them the top half of the SSC standings. A win against the Knights will secure a home game in the first round, and a loss results in a trip to Eckerd for a match-up with the Tritons, a team that has defeated Rollins twice this season. Rollins is jockeying for a position in the NCAA Division II South Region rankings, and is currently sitting seventh with the region's three tournament champions and top-five at-large teams earning bids to postseason play. The Tars rank second in the SSC in scoring offense (72.2 ppg) and scoring defense (58.0). They rank 11th in the nation with 8.3, 3-pointers per game and are 21st in 3-point percentage (.371). All but two players have scored a 3-pointer this season as the Tars have already bettered the previous school record for triples in a season by 30 (225). Always tough at home, Rollins boasts a 13-2 record in Warden Arena this season... Lynn (11-14 5-10 SSC) has dropped four of its last five, and is coming off an 84-73 road loss to Nova Southeastern on Wednesday. The Knights average 62.4 points of offense and surrender 63.5 a night.

The Series - Rollins leads the all-time series 25-3 over the Fighting Knights. In Boca Raton earlier this season, the Tars won 84-75, outscoring LU's bench 45-21. Kristina Mingos led the Tars with 20 points behind a 5-for-11 day from beyond the arc. Sarah Blackburn added 15 points and seven rebounds while Kourtnie Berry netted 13. Chelsea Patterson paced Lynn with 27 points, shooting 10-of-24 from the floor. Rollins led 45-24 at half, but the Knights shot the lights out in the second period and posted 51 points to draw close.

The Stars - Kristina Mingos remains the Tars' top scorer and rebounder, posting 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Sharp-shooter Amber Heistan scores 11.1 points a game and leads the team with 17 blocks. The senior set the school record with seven 3-pointers against Saint Leo on Feb. 12 and is just five away from Rollins' single season mark of 72.  Kourtnie Berry adds 9.6 a night and Tera McDaniel, who sat out 11 games due to injury, is back and scored 14 points with four assists against FIT... Chelsea Patterson leads Lynn and is second in the SSC with 17 points a game. Marquis Lee chips in 11 points and Quanisha Dixon puts up 10.6 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 553-181, is the winningest coach in program history. He has now passed 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... Niki Washington is in her second year leading the Knights and 31-25.    

The Rankings - Rollins dropped out of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and received 16 votes. Rollins was seventh in the latest NCAA Division II South Region rankings. Lynn did not appear in either poll.


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