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PREVIEW: Tars Welcome Bobcats Monday

Chandler Hall
Chandler Hall

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (.PDF)

MATCH-UP:
No. 9/17 Rollins (3-0) vs. St. Thomas (1-3)

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

WHEN:
Monday, November 19, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO/AUDIO: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSports.com
Play-by-Play: Robert Segal, Color: Victor Anderson
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com 

SET-UP:
Stepping out of Sunshine State Conference play and looking to stay hot at the start of the season, Rollins hosts St. Thomas Monday at Warden Arena. The game was a late addition to the Tars schedule, filling the void from the cancellation of the Puerto Rico Rio Piedras game earlier in the year. The Tars were cruising heading into a date at Lynn on Saturday but had to hold off the Fighting Knights at the end to stay perfect on the year. A member of NAIA Division I, St. Thomas is 1-3 on the year and won its The Sun Conference opener with Florida Memorial on Saturday. The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the TSC preseason poll.   

TRACKING THE TARS:
After averaging 93.5 points over the first two games of the season, the Tars offense was held in check at Lynn on Saturday as the Tars held on for a 65-57 SSC road win. Rollins led by 19 points in the first half only to see the Fighting Knights make it a two-point game in the final minutes.  Jaylyn Harrison and Jo Bistrow both scored 16 points to lead the Tars offense. Vernisha Andrews added 10 points while Carly McLendon recorded nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. She was just one off a career-best in boards. Harrison is the Tars top scorer with 12 points a night. Denise Daniels and McLendon are both averaging 11 points while Bistro and Julia Ingler are getting 10.3 points a game. McLendon is averaging 9.3 rebounds a game with the team outrebounding its opponents by 10 a game on the year. Rollins is scoring 84 points a game and allowing just 55.3 a night. 

TRACKING THE BOBCATS:   
St. Thomas started its season in Montana, taking losses to Montana Tech, Carroll College and University of Montana-Western. They then returned to the Sunshine State and posted a 61-50 win over Florida Memorial in both schools The Sun Conference opener. STU jumped out to a 23-8 lead after the first and never looked back. Katie Rienas led the attack with 22 points and nine rebounds. Samara Auguste added 15 points and seven steals. Rienas is averaging 16.8 points a game on the year while Auguste is scoring 15 a night. Ebony Griffin averages eight points and seven rebounds a game. St. Thomas will also play Sunshine State Conference schools Lynn and Barry this season.

NOTES:

  • Rollins has only played St. Thomas two other times in its history, both Rollins victories in 1984. The Tars won the first meeting 84-59 in Miami Gardens and 12 days later posted a 77-48 victory in Winter Park.    
  • Rollins is 802-407 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
  • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 688-235 in 32 seasons as the Tars head coach.
  • Julia Ingler's 170 made three-pointers is third in program history – nine behind Shannon Pranger for second place.
  • Carly McLendon has 117 career blocks, ranking fifth in Tars history. She is four away from fourth place Ellen O'Day.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:

Rollins next hosts its annual Thanksgiving Classic, November 24-25. The Tars will face Talladega at noon the first day and Caldwell at 2 p.m. on the 25th. Florida Tech will play a mirror schedule. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.     

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