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PREVIEW: Rollins Set for 3PM Clash with Saint Leo Saturday

Nikki Corsini
Nikki Corsini

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (.PDF)

MATCH-UPS:
No. 12/8 Rollins (7-1, 3-1 SSC) vs. Saint Leo (3-6, 1-3 SSC)

WHEN:
Saturday, December 9 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:
Warden Arena inside the Alfond Sports Center – Winter Park, Fla.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO: SSC Digital Network– SunshineStateConference.tv
VIDEO: Tars Sports Network– RollinsSports.com
On the Call:  Robert Segal and Victor Anderson
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com

SET-UP:
After a week off since its first loss of the year at Barry, Rollins gets a visit from Saint Leo looking for a bounce back Sunshine State Conference victory. The Tars potent offense couldn't get into a groove against the Bucs and were held to 17 points below their season average. Despite the setback, Rollins still checked in at No. 12 in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the D2SIDA Media Poll. In the SSC standings, the Tars are tied with Eckerd, Tampa and Embry-Riddle for first place, all with 3-1 records. The Lions have won two straight, beating Palm Beach Atlantic 54-46 last weekend and taking down Ave Maria 65-56 on Tuesday. Saint Leo is last in the league in scoring margin (-13.3) while the Tars top the SSC, outscoring teams by 14.6 a game

TRACKING THE TARS:
In its longest road trip of the year to Barry, the Tars fell behind early and weren't able to keep pace with the hot-shooting Bucs and lost 78-60. Rollins had it toughest shooting game (37 percent) of the season while the Bucs hit 46 percent from the field. Carly McLendon led the way with 12 points, four rebounds and four blocks and was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive player of the Week. Vernisha Andrews added 11 points and eight rebounds while Jasmine Stone and Denise Daniels both scored eight. Daniels tops the Tars season box score with 13.1 points a game while Julia Ingler is scoring 11.6 points a night. The senior is fourth in the league in three-point shooting (41 percent) and tied for fourth with 18 total triples. McLendon is scoring 9.9 points a game and leads the conference in both rebounds (9.6 per game) and blocks (2.9 per game) – also ranking ninth nationally in rejections. Rollins has the SSC's top scoring offense at 75 points a game and allows a fourth-best 60.4.

TRACKING THE LIONS:   
Saint Leo broke a five-game losing streak with back to back wins over PBA and Ave Maria last week. The defense clamped down on UT in a 54-64 victory, SLU's first SSC W of the year. Ragen Dotson scored 18 to lead the Lions past the 'Fish. Against AMU, the Lions led from wire-to-wire in a 65-56 victory. Alani Gallagher and Gina Brierley both scored 14 to lead with offense with Nikira Hooks chipping in nine points. Saint Leo has a balanced attack with six players averaging better than five points a game. Dotson is scoring 11 a game while Mary Redmond is scoring nine a night. Brierly is scoring 8.9 points a game and handing out a team-best 5.9 assists a night.  The Lions are scoring 56.6 points a game and surrendering 69.9.

NOTES:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series against Saint Leo 83-10 and has won the last eight in a row. The Tars have enjoyed winning streaks of 28 games and 33 games in the series. Rollins is 41-6 at home against the Lions.
  • Last year, Rollins swept the season series against Saint Leo, with a 71-47 win in Pasco County on Jan. 14 and a 74-61 win in Winter Park on Feb. 25 in the season finale.
  • Prior to losing their first game of the season last Saturday at Barry, the Tars were 7-0 (3-0 SSC) in November, after going 5-2 (1-2 SSC) last November.
  • Rollins is ranked No. 12 in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll, dropping six spots from the last ranking, and No. 8 in the D2SIDA Media Poll, dropping only 3 spots.
  • Rollins WBB has a record of 805-408 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
  • In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 692-236.
  • Julia Ingler is second in program history for made three-pointers (181), just 13 behind Tars legend Jill Razor. Ingler is also first all-time for 3FG attempted (500). Additionally, Ingler (955 pts) is merely 45 points shy of becoming the 21st women to join the 1,000-point club for the Tars.
  • Jasmine Stone (82) ranks 16th all-time for three-pointers made, trailing No. 15 Marie Gilbert (86) by four.
  • Carly McLendon (131) is ranked third in career blocks in Tars history, trailing Kim Tayrien and Kirsten Dellinger, who each blocked 140 shots. Additionally, McLendon averages 2.0 blocks per game, which is tops its respective list in Tars history. This year, McLendon has 23 blocked shots (2.9 BPG), which is 11th most among NCAA Division II players this year.
  • Carly McLendon holds the seventh best FG percentage (54.2%) in Rollins history.
  • Last week, Carly McLendon was named the SSC Defensive Player of the Week, which is the second time she has received the award this season and the seventh time in her career. During the week, she had 15 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals in two games. On the offensive side she had 19 points and three assists.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
The Tars take a step back for Finals Week and will be back in action on Saturday, December 15 hosting Miles at 2 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.     

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