Behind another pair of dominating efforts, Carly McLendon was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.
After winning two-straight, Rollins ran into the hottest team in the Sunshine State Conference on Saturday and fell to league-leading Florida Southern 80-60 on the road.
For the second-straight game and third time in two weeks, Rollins will face the Sunshine State Conference’s first place team, this time visiting Florida Southern on Saturday night. The Tars have won two straight, both big home wins over Nova Southeastern and Tampa. The defense shined in each game, holding the normally potent offenses in check. FSC was picked fifth in the SSC preseason poll, but sits atop the league at the midpoint of the conference slate. The Mocs are on a four-game winning streak after a road win at second-place Barry on Wednesday. The Tars are just 1-3 on the road this season while Southern is 5-1 in Lakeland on the year. The countdown to win No. 700 for Tars head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is winding down as the 32-year veteran stands at 695-240.
Rollins powered its way past Sunshine State Conference frontrunner No. 23 Tampa on Wednesday, posting big a 59-52 victory.
Coming off its first signature win of the new calendar year, Rollins next hosts Sunshine State Conference leader Tampa on Wednesday in Winter Park. The Tars were firing on all cylinders Saturday and cooled off a hot Nova Southeastern squad to snaps its three-game losing streak. The victory got Rollins to .500 in the SSC and into a very packed middle of the conference standings. Tampa has won four in a row and climbed into a three-way tie with Barry and Florida Southern for the conference lead. The Spartans lead the SSC in defense and rank 16th in the nation allowing 55.3 points a game. Rollins is 7-2 at home this season while UT is 2-1 in true road games this season.
Rollins trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, but battled all the way back to post a convincing 72-66 win over Nova Southeastern on Saturday.