WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 25, 2017) – After closing out their regular season winning 12-straight, the Rollins women’s basketball team will enter in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament at the No. 3 Seed, as announced by league officials on Saturday evening.
The Sunshine State Conference Women's Basketball Tournament quarterfinal match-ups will tip off on Wednesday, March 1st. All quarterfinal games will be hosted and broadcasted by SSC member institutions.
Tournament semifinals and finals will be hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the ICI Center in Daytona Beach. The championship final will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Quarterfinal #1 | Location: St. Petersburg | Time: 5:30 PM
No. 1 seed Eckerd College (23-4, 16-2) will host the tournament No. 8 seed Lynn University (10-16, 4-14).
Eckerd enters the tournament as the regular season champion for the first time in school history. The Tritons closed out the 2016-17 regular season with five straight wins and a February record of 6-1. Eckerd is the first SSC team to have a .850 or better winning percentage in conference since Florida Southern College did so in 2010-11.
Lynn comes into the tournament with a 1-6 record in the month of February. The Fighting Knights' last victory came at home against Barry University on February 1st. Lynn’s 10 wins this season improves heavily upon a 2015-16 campaign where they won just four contests.
This season, Eckerd defeated Lynn on November 30th in St. Petersburg, 78-49, and in their second matchup on January 21st, 65-40, in Boca Raton. Leading scorers across the two games were Brekia Henderson for the Fighting Knights and Kacie Juday for the Tritons.
Quarterfinal #2 | Location: Ft. Lauderdale | Time: 7:00 PM
No. 4 Nova Southeastern University (17-10, 12-6) will host No. 5 seed the University of Tampa (16-10, 11-7).
Nova Southeastern secures the No. 4 seed and home court advantage after finishing the regular season with conference wins over Saint Leo University and Lynn University. The Sharks head into the tournament winners of six of their last 10 matchups.
Tampa claims the No. 5 seed after ending a three game losing streak with a 63-41 home victory over Lynn. UT took the No. 5 seed last season and went on to win the program’s fifth SSC tournament championship. The Spartans are 7-4 on the road this season.
Nova Southeastern defeated Tampa, 58-52, on November 19th in Tampa. The Sharks then handed the Spartans a 66-56 loss in Ft. Lauderdale on January 25th. Elena de Alfredo played all but two minutes in the season series, scoring 28 points for the Spartans. NSU’s Samantha Logan nearly had a double-double in both contests.
Quarterfinal #3 | Location: Lakeland | Time: 7:00 PM
No. 2 seed Florida Southern College (19-8, 14-4) will host the No. 7 seed Saint Leo University (9-17, 4-14).
Florida Southern comes into the tournament as the No. 2 seed by way of a coin flip tie-breaker against Rollins. The Moccasins won seven consecutive games prior to the season finale where they fell, 68-63, to Eckerd College. FSC boasts a 11-4 record on their home hardwood this season.
Saint Leo heads into the tournament as the No. 7 seed after missing the postseason last year. The Lions lost their last three matchups but still posted a .500 record (4-4) in the month of February.
Florida Southern took both games from Saint Leo in the 2016-17 season series. The Moccasins recorded a 72-54 win in Lakeland on November 16th, and a 74-61 win in Saint Leo on February 1st. SLU’s Chelsy Springs averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds across the two games, while FSC’s Anja Fuchs-Robetin averaged 19.5 and 6.0.
Quarterfinal #4 | Location: Winter Park | Time: 5:30 PM
No. 3 seed Rollins College (20-6, 14-4) will host the No. 6 seed Florida Tech (13-13, 8-10).
Rollins is awarded the No. 3 seed by after losing a coin flip tie-breaker against Florida Southern. The Tars ride a 12-game win streak into the postseason that includes 11 conference victories. The Tars’ streak began on January 14th at Saint Leo
Florida Tech closed out the season with a three-game win streak in conference to secure the No. 6 seed. The Panther’s posted a .500 record in the month of February.
Rollins defeated Florida Tech in Melbourne on November 30th, 72-67. The Tars also took the victory in Melbourne on January 21st by a score of 59-50. FIT’s DeLise Williams had 11 points and six steals in the last matchup between the teams. RC’s Carly McLendon has 16 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks against the Panthers this season.
Higher seeds will host during the quarterfinal rounds in the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Men's & Women's Basketball Championships. Semifinals and finals will be held at the ICI Center on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.
Both tournaments return to the ICI Center from 2016 after three years at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. Prior to Silver Spurs Arena, the tournaments were held at member institutions from 2002 to 2012. SSC tournament play begins on Wednesday, March 1st and concludes on Sunday, March 5th.
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