2010-11 At A Glance - With the 2010-11 regular season in the books, the Rollins women's basketball team heads into postseason play with a record of 21-7 and the No. 5 seed in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The last time the Tars entered the SSC Championship as the No. 5 seed, they emerged as champions, taking the title in 2005. Rollins started the season firing on all cylinders, going 12-0 in dominating fashion. They won by an average of 28-points during the span, including a 54-point win (87-33) over Allen University and 53-point victory (103-50) over Warner University. Rollins swept through the Florida Tech Tip-off Classic, West Florida Tip-off Classic, Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament and Rollins Holiday Classic during the run. The New Year brought a trip to Tampa where the Tars were defeated for the first time, 76-69. They scored a bounce-back win against Barry, fell at home to Eckerd and rattled off two straight wins to sit at 15-2 by mid-January. The Tars were then decimated by injury and illness and were without three starters and a key reserve by the end of the month. Despite the setbacks, Rollins managed a four-game winning streak, including a revenge win over UT, to improve to 19-3 by February. The Tars, however, wouldn't return to full strength or recapture the magic of the beginning of the season and went 2-4 down the stretch, slipping to the No. 5 seed in the SSC Tournament. But the postseason brings new life and historically, Rollins has been the team to beat in the conference tournament.
Rollins in the SSC Tournament - Rollins, Florida Southern and Tampa are the only conference schools to have participated in all 30 SSC Tournaments. The Tars are 40-23 (.634 winning pct.) all-time in conference tournament play, having won six titles and finishing runner-up 10-times. Only FSC has a better winning percentage (.649) and more titles (9) than Rollins. In the quarterfinals, Rollins is 18-1 with the lone loss coming as the No. 5 seed to No. 4 Florida Southern in 1997. The Tars are 16-12 in semifinal games and 6-10 in the SSC Tournament Championship. Rollins is 3-1 as the No. 5 seed, running to the SSC title in 2005 by upsetting top-seeded Florida Southern 88-52 in the semis and second-seeded Florida Tech 65-56 in the finals. Rollins has enjoyed the most success as the No. 1 seed, holding a record of 22-6...Last season, Rollins was the No. 2 seed and defeated No. 7 Florida Tech 77-64 in the quarterfinals, and then lost a heartbreaker to Barry, 62-60 in the semifinals.
Rollins Tars Stars - Kristina Mingos and Amber Heistan headline the Tars offensive attack on the season with Mingos netting 11.4 points a game and Heistan adding 11.2 a night. Kourtnie Berry goes for 9.3 a game and freshman Sarah Blackburn chips in 8.2 points a night. Mingos and Blackburn are the Tars' top rebounders with 5.8 a game. Heistan ranks second in the SSC and 34th in Division II with 71, 3-pointers on the season and needs just three more to break the Tars single season mark of 73, set by Jessica Pressley in 2008-09. Against Saint Leo on Feb. 12, she drained a school record seven (7-8) triples. Berry is the top free throw shooter (.809) and Paris Moore leads in assists (2.9 per game). As a team, Rollins has set a new program mark for 3-pointers in a season, hitting 234, smashing the old mark of 195 set in 2008-09.
The Silver Fox - Rollins legend Glenn Wilkes, Jr. (Stetson '81) is in his 25th season at the helm of the Tars program and, with a record of 553-182, 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. Wilkes, Jr. is the fifth winningest active coach in Division II (seventh by win total) and is the 13th winningest coach all-time. Wilkes has been named the SSC Coach of the Year a record nine-times and was named the head coach of the Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary Team.