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Tars Women's Hoops 2010-11 Season Review
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 04/06/2011
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Rollins ran out to a 12-0 start to the season, but injuries and unlucky bounces hampered the Tars' stretch run as they finished the year on the outside of postseason play for the second straight season. The Tars posted a record of 21-8 overall and were tied for fourth in the Sunshine State Conference standings at 9-7.

Senior Amber Heistan was selected as Second Team All-SSC while newcomer Sarah Blackburn earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.

Junior guard Kristina Mingos was the Tars' top scorer and rebounder on the season, netting 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She started the year with a double-double (11pts, 11rbs) against Fort Valley State and also had two, 20-point games. Mingos had a career night against Georgia Southwestern, pouring in 23 points. She was the Tars top 3-point shooter, hitting 39 percent and ranks fifth all-time with a .391 percentage. Heistan, a starter in all 29 games, added 11.2 points a game and tied the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 73. She also set the single game mark for 3-pointers in a game, going 7-for-8 against Saint Leo in late February.

Kourtnie Berry saw 14 starts and chipped in 9.3 points a game while ranking as one of the SSC's top free throw shooters, knocking down 79 percent from the stripe. Blackburn was the Tars' spark off the bench, posting three double-doubles and averaging 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds a night.

Starters Jasmine Bradley and Tera McDaniel, who were instrumental to the Tars undefeated start, were limited by injuries as the season progressed. Point guard McDaniel played in 17 games and averaged 8.1 points and 4.5 assists a night. She played masterfully the first 14 games of the season and made a brief, three-game comeback late in the year before ultimately succumbing to a foot injury. Bradley started the first 20 games and was averaging 9.2 points a game while twice eclipsing 20 points. On the road against Lynn, however, she suffered a knee injury that ended her junior year early.

The Tars were the most balanced team in the SSC, ranking second in offense (71.2 ppg) and scoring defense (58.7 ppg). Tenacious on the glass, Rollins led the conference in rebounding margin at +6.8 a game.

The season started with a home exhibition against the University of Miami Hurricanes. In front of a large Rollins parent's weekend crowd, the Tars trailed just 44-39 at the half before falling 95-62.

The Tars then participated in a pair of tip-off tournaments to begin the regular season. They opened against 20th-ranked Fort Valley State in the Florida Tech South Region Crossover, dispatching the Wildcats 67-56. They then beat Albany State by nine and the following week rolled past Montevallo (68-65) and Allen University (87-33) at the West Florida tip-off Classic.

Victories over Southeastern and a sweep of the Rollins Thanksgiving Classic put the Tars at 7-0 after the first month of the season. In the SSC opener, Rollins downed Nova Southeastern 87-61 and then thrashed Warner 103-50 to move into the WBCA Division II poll at No. 19. A tough Virginia State team visited Winter Park in mid-December and the Tars passed the test, winning 79-65. Now ranked No. 14 in the nation, Rollins then breezed through the Rollins Holiday Classic and made it to the New Year at 12-0.

The meat of the conference schedule stared with a visit to Tampa on January 2 where the Tars were tripped up 76-69. Rollins then won a squeaker against Barry before falling victim to a late second shot in a one-point loss to Eckerd. The setbacks dropped them back to No. 19 in the rankings.

Rollins went on to win six of the next seven, moving to No. 16 in the poll and avenging the loss to Tampa with a 74-66 win in Winter Park. They stumbled again against Eckerd on the road, falling 68-51 and halting their four-game winning streak.

The Tars went on to win just two of its next five down the stretch, falling out of the national polls and finishing tied for fourth in the SSC standings with Eckerd. Due to the tie-breaker, Rollins traveled to Eckerd for the first round of the conference tournament and lost to the Tritons for the third time on the season, 70-62. The loss also burst Rollins' NCAA tournament bubble and ended the season with a record of 21-8.

Head coach Glenn Wilkes, Jr. loses just two players, seniors Heistan and Brooke Burgess, but returns 11 letter winners to next year's squad that will again be facing high expectations for a championship year. 


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