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PREVIEW: Tars Host Streaking Sharks Saturday

Keevana Edwards
Keevana Edwards

COMPELTE GAME NOTES (.PDF)
MATCH-UP:
Rollins (8-5, 3-4 SSC) vs. Nova Southeastern (8-4, 4-2 SSC)

WHEN:
Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Winter Park, Florida – Warden Arena

COVERAGE:
VIDEO: SSC Digital Network– SunshineStateConference.tv
AUDIO: Tars Sports Network– RollinsSports.com
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com

SET-UP:
Hosting for the first time in the new year, Rollins welcomes Nova Southeastern to Winter Park on Saturday looking to snap its three-game skid. The Tars fell to nationally-ranked Eckerd a week ago and dropped a road game to Palm Beach Atlantic Wednesday night. The Tars led at the half, but went ice cold from the field in the second and took the loss. NSU is streaking the other way, having won four in a row after a three-game losing streak of its own in December. The Sharks are coming off a big upset of No. 22 Eckerd on Wednesday night and jumped into second in the SSC standings. Rollins is 6-2 in Warden Arena this season while the Sharks are away from home for just the third time, splitting both games.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Since starting the season 7-0, Rollins has gone 1-5 and finds itself eighth in the SSC standings with three games remaining in the conference's first half slate. Last week the Tars gave 22nd-ranked Eckerd a run, but came up one point short in overtime. Back on the road Wednesday at Palm Beach Atlantic, Rollins led at the half but struggled from the field in the final two quarters and were beaten by the Sailfish 69-61. Julia Ingler led the way with 16 points, all in the second half. The senior hit a pair of three-pointers to tie legend Jill Razor for the most triples in program history. Jaylyn Harrison added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Carly McLendon had a monster defensive game, posting 15 rebounds, six blocks and three steals. Ingler leads the team on the season with 12.7 points a game. She ranks seventh in the league in three-point shooting (38 percent) and fourth in three-pointers made (31). Denise Daniels averages 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. McLendon is putting up 9.7 points and an SSC-third best 9.5 rebounds a night. Her 42 blocks tops in the league and the second most in the country. Rollins is scoring 70.8 points a game and allowing 61.2. The Tars are the top offensive rebounding team in the SSC and rank second with a +7.0 rebounding margin. Rollins is 10th nationally with just 12.1 turnovers a game.

TRACKING THE SHARKS:   
Just like Rollins, Nova Southeastern had a rough December but have since righted the ship and knocked off conference leaders Barry and Eckerd in consecutive games. Over its last four, the Sharks have outscored teams by 22.5 a game, bolstered by an 81-55 upset of No. 22 Eckerd on Wednesday. Christen Prasse scored 20 points on a perfect shooting night (7-7) while Maria Bardeeeva scored 15. Alison Hughes added 14 points and Cheray Saunders 10. The win put the Sharks in a four-way tie for second place in the SSC, a half game behind Eckerd. Kayla Wright leads the way on the season with 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. Prasse is getting 12.5 points a night while Hughes nets 11.2 a game and Saunders 10.7 a night. NSU is fifth in the SSC in offense (68.8 ppg) and 10th in defense, allowing 66.8 a game. They are the top three-point shooting team in the SSC, hitting 37 percent from distance.

NOTES:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with NSU 24-15, including a 12-4 mark in Warden Arena. The Sharks have won seven of the last 10, but Rollins took the most recent meeting 63-59 at home on February 8 of last season.
  • In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 693-240 (.744).
  • Julia Ingler is tied with Hall of Fame Jill Razor for the most three-pointers in program history with 194 for her career.
  • With 1,027 career points, Julia Ingler is the 22nd women to join the Tars 1,000-point club. She is 14 points behind Melissa Gavin for 21st and 36 back of Kirsten Dellinger for a spot in the top-20.
  • Jasmine Stone ranks 16th all-time for three-pointers made with 85. The junior needs just two more to surpass 15th-ranked Marie Gilbert (86).
  • Carly McLendon is first all-time in career blocked shots (148). She is second nationally with 42 swats and leads the SSC in both total blocks and blockes per game.
  • Carly McLendon holds the seventh best FG percentage (54.5%) in Rollins history.
  • Rollins turns the ball over an average of 12.1 times per game, the 10th best mark in Division II

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
Rollins hosts Tampa in another key SSC match-up on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. They then close the first half of the conference slate at Florida Southern on Saturday, January 13. All games can be found on the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv and the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.       

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