Rollins Opens NCAA Tourney with Fla. Southern
No. 5 Rollins (20-7) vs. No. 4 Florida Southern (20-9)
McArthur Gymnasium - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
The Tars are making 16th all-time appearance in the Division II South Region Tournament, coming in as the No. 5 seed. The Tars were the runners-up in the Sunshine State Conference and were on a 12-game winning streak until being defeated by Florida Tech in the opening round of the SSC Tournament. Rollins will face the fourth-ranked Florida Southern Mocs for the third time this season in the opening round on Friday, March 10. The Tars are 1-1 against the Mocs this season, winning the last contest 65-63 in a thrilling fashion. The Mocs were also bounced from the SSC Tournament by Florida Tech, falling to the Panthers 58-52 in the SSC Tournament semi-final.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars are averaging 67.2 points per game, while allowing their opponents just 59.8 points, holding them to just 36.2% from two-point range and 28.1% from beyond the arc. Marie Gilbert and Julia Ingler lead the Tars on offense, scoring 11.3 and 10.3 points per game respectively. Carly McClendon, the SSC Defensive Player of the Year, has a team-high 72 blocks, which is good for 15th in the nation. McClendon is also averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game and is third in scoring with 8.8 per contest. Tanaya Jones leads the Tars in steals with 53 on the season.
TRACKING THE BLAZERS:
The Mocs are averaging 69 points per game, and they are allowing their opponents 58.1 for a scoring margin of 10.9. Their turnover margin is the best in the SSC, forcing their opponents to an average of 17.9 turnovers per game. The Mocs boast four players that average in double-figures, led by Camille Giardina with 13.6 points per game. Giardina also leads the Mocs in steals with 47 on the season. Anja Fuchs-Robetin is also a strong offensive force for Florida Southern, averaging 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Tars and the Mocs last met on January 25 in Lakeland with the Tars winning 65-63. The all-time series between the two rivals is tied 50-50
The Tars are making their first postseason appearance since 2015.
The Tars are 6-7 all-time in the first round of the NCAA South Region Tournament and 1-1 as the No. 5 seed. Rollins had made 16 appearances is the NCAA Tournament and are 10-15 all-time.
Rollins is 13th in the country in rebounding margin, outrebounding team by 8.4 a game.
Carly McLendon was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She ranks 15th in the country with 72 blocked shots and ranks eighth all-time in Tars history with 97.
Marie Gilbert was named Second Team All-SSC. Her 78 three-pointers made is 16th most in program history.
Tanaya Jones is 12th all-time in Tars history with 352 assists.
Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 683-234 in 31 seasons as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
The winner will advance to play the winner of top-seed Eckerd and eight seed Lee on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The McArthur Center in St. Petersburg will be the venue for all seven games of the tournament.