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PREVIEW: No. 25 Rollins Back in Action Against Miles

Rachel Lia
Rachel Lia


No. 25 Rollins (7-2) vs. Miles (2-5)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 2 p.m.

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

VIDEO: SSC Digital Network–
VIDEO: Tars Sports Network–
On the Call:  Robert Segal and Victor Anderson

Rollins comes out of Finals Week looking to stop a two-game skid by hosting Miles in a key South Region match-up. The Tars lost at Barry and then dropped its last game to Saint Leo, falling to 3-2 in the Sunshine State Conference. Starting the year 7-0 behind its high-powered offense, the Tars have gone cold from the field in the last two and will look to get back on track against Miles. The Golden Bears have lost their last two heading into Winter Park, but own South Region wins over Montevallo and Delta State on their resume.  They are allowing just 57 points a game and just like the Tars, seek a big win before the holiday break.

Rolling at 7-0, the Tars ran into a hot-shooting Barry squad two weeks ago and suffered a first loss of the year. They came back to host Saint Leo a week ago and were shocked by the Lions 44-34. In front by seven at the break, the Tars could only muster seven second half points, including just one fourth quarter field goal, in a head-scratching setback to Leo. Jo Bistrow led the Tars with seven points while Denise Daniels and Carly McLendon each tallied six. Vernisha Andrews hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds. McLendon was named the SSC Defensive Player of the Week for a second time this season after also recording six rebounds and six blocks. She needs just four-more to set the Tars all-time career record. Daniels tops the season boxscore with 12.3 points a game while Julia Ingler is getting 10.9 points a night. She is averaging 3.1 three-pointers a game and sits just 12 away from becoming the Tars all-time leader. McLendon leads the SSC and the Tars with 9.6 rebounds a game. Her 3.2 blocks a night is sixth best in the nation and 29 total swats fifth-best. Rollins is scoring 70.4 points a night and allowing 63.6. The Tars will have a quick turnaround before facing another SIAC opponent in Albany State on Monday.  

Miles has one of the region's top defenses and visits Rollins also having lost its last two. The Golden Bears beat Delta State by five and in the next game were trailing Spring Hill at the half, but a dunk from a fan during intermission broke the rim and the game was suspended. They have since lost to Delta State in the rematch and most recently dropped a 69-62 decision at West Alabama. Victoria Sutton and Darika Chelsey both scored 11 to lead Miles while Taylor Terry netted 10. The Bears led by two at the half, but couldn't withstand a 24-point fourth quarter by UWA. Sutton's 12.1 points a game tops the season boxscore. The sophomore guard has scored double-digits in all by one game this season. Jasmine Hollis is getting 9.6 points a game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds a night. Miles is just 26-of-111 beyond the arc on the season but is also holding opponent to 31 percent from long range. On the year, Miles is scoring 53.4 a game and holding teams to 57.4. 

• Rollins and Miles have never played in women's basketball.
• Rollins dropped out of the top 25 in the D2SIDA Media Poll, after being ranked No. 8 last week and No. 5 the week before that, which had been their highest ranking of the year. The Tars remain nationally recognized in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll at No. 25, dropping 13 spots from last week and 19 spots in the past two weeks.
• Rollins women's basketball has a record of 805-409 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
• In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 692-237.
Julia Ingler is second in program history for made three-pointers (182), just 12 behind Tars legend Jill Razor. Additionally, Julia Ingler is first all-time for three-pointers attempted (508).
• With 960 career points, Julia Ingler is a mere 40 points shy of becoming the 21st women to join the 1,000-point club for the Tars.
Jasmine Stone ranks 16th all-time for three-pointers made (83). The junior needs just three more to surpass 15th-ranked Marie Gilbert (86).
Carly McLendon holds the eighth best FG percentage (53.7%) in Rollins history.
Carly McLendon is ranked third all-time in career blocks with 137, and needs just four more to surpass both Kim Tayrien and Kirsten Dellinger, who each had 140 blocks, for most in Tars history. With a career average of 2.1 blocks per game, the junior shot blocker remains in the top spot all-time for the Tars. Additionally, this season, among all NCAA Division II players, McLendon is ranked fifth in both blocks per game (3.22) and total blocks (29).
• As a team, Rollins is ranked 32nd in the nation for most blocked shots. However, without the 29 blocks via Carly McLendon, the rest of the team's 10 combined blocks would rank the Tars 285th (out of 302 teams) in the nation.
• With a total of 137 assists and 122 turnovers on the year so far, the Tars have the 23rd best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.22) in the nation.
• The Tars commit the seventh most fouls per game (14.1) in NCAA Division II, which is a total of 127 personal fouls through nine games.
• Miles College forces the 37th most turnovers per game (21.0) among NCAA Division II teams. On the other hand, Rollins turns the ball over an average of 12.4 times per game, which is the 10th lowest mark in the country.

Rollins will host Albany State on Monday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Warden Arena. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at      


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