WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 15, 2017) – Picked to win the Sunshine State Conference, No. 9/17 Rollins passed its first test with flying colors, beating Florida Tech 93-65 in the league opener for both schools on Wednesday.
The Tars (2-0, 1-0 SSC) came into the game with the nation's sixth-ranked offense and should remain in the top-10 after another high output against the stingy Florida Tech (0-1, 0-1 SSC) defense.
Carly McLendon led the way with 18 points and six rebounds while Julia Ingler hit 5-of-7 from three-point range on her way to 17 points. Denise Daniels added 12 points as 10 different players scored for the Tars.
Gracie Doane led Tech with 13 points. DeLise Williams added 11 points and six rebounds while Gudlaug Julisdottier netted 10.
Rollins went 9-of-15 in the first quarter and ended the night shooting 54 percent from the field. The Tars held the Panthers to just 34 percent from the floor and just 6-of-24 beyond the arc. The hosts also grabbed a 46-42 edge on the glass.
The Tars outscored Tech 9-3 in the middle of the first and ended the opening frame with a 23-12 lead. In the second, Rollins extended its lead to 25 points after a Tianna Rosser free throw with 2:07 left, making the score 46-21. The play came at the end of a three-minute spurt where the junior scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out an assist. A scary moment occurred at the 1:51 mark where Rosser was fouled on a fast break layup and came down with an apparent leg injury. Play was stopped for more than 20 minutes as she was attended to and later carted off the court.
McLendon hit the ensuing free throws and Rollins later went into intermission up 50-30.
In the third, Rollins held Tech to 6-of-24 from the field while shooting 10-of-18 on the other end and pushed its leads to a game-high 32, 67-35 with 5:01 left in the quarter. The Tars then cruised in the fourth to post a second convincing victory in as many games to start the season.
- Rollins is now 53-23 all-time against its rivals from Melbourne since their first meeting in 1987.
- Rollins is 23-15 all-time in Sunshine State Conference season openers; the SSC began sponsoring women's basketball in the 1981-81 season.
- Rollins has opened SSC play with Florida Tech seven other times and is 5-3 all-time.
- Rollins is 801-407 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
- Julia Ingler moved into third in program history with 170 career three-pointers.
- With her two blocks, Carly McLendon is now just seven away from fourth in Rollins history, currently sitting with 114.
- Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 687-235 in 32 seasons as the Tars head coach.
Rollins is back in action on Saturday, November 18 traveling to Boca Raton to face Lynn. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the new SSC Digital Network and listen live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.