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PREVIEW: Rollins Visits SSC Leading FSC Saturday

Carly McLendon
Carly McLendon

Rollins (10-5, 5-4 SSC) at Florida Southern (11-3, 6-2 SSC)

Saturday, January 13 – 5:30 p.m.

Lakeland, Florida – Jenkins Field House

VIDEO: SSC Digital Network–
AUDIO: Tars Sports Network–

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 heads to face its chief rival riding back-to-back wins over two of the top teams in the SSC. After running past Nova Southeastern a week ago, the Tars welcomed league-leader Tampa to Winter Park on Wednesday and won a slugfest, 59-52. UT had won four in a row before running into the Tars stout defense. Julia Ingler scored 17 points and handed out five assists, shooting 4-of-9 from long range. Denise Daniels added nine points and nine rebounds while Carly McLendon totaled nine points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Rollins committed a season-low five turnovers in the game. Ingler ranks 10th in the conference and leads the Tars with 13 points a game. The Tars all-time leader in three-point shooting is third in the league with 36 from beyond the arc. Daniels is scoring 11.2 points a game to go along with 6.2 rebounds a game. Carly McLendon brings 9.3 points and a SSC third-best 9.5 rebounds a game. Her 50 blocks is second in the SSC and fifth in Division II. Rollins is the third-highest scoring team in the SSC with 70.1 points a game and is fourth in scoring defense, allowing 60.9 a night. The Tars are second in the league in rebounding margin, beating teams on the glass by 6.7 a game.

Florida Southern has won four in a row, the longest current streak in the league, and is alone atop the standings. The Mocs took over the top spot after taking care of Barry 78-66 on Wednesday. Jensen Blassage and Camille Giardina combined for 43 points to lead FSC. Anja Fuchs-Robetin tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds to bolster a defense that caused 23 Barry turnovers. Fuchs-Robetin is second in the SSC in both points (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg). She is shooting 59 percent from the field sits 14th in the country with eight double-doubles. Giardina is scoring 17.2 points a game while Blassage averages 14.2 points and 3.5 assists per night. The Mocs are the top scoring team in the SSC with 74.1 points a game and rank second in defense, surrendering just 60.1 a night.


  • Last season, Rollins was 2-1 against Florida Southern with each team winning away from home in the regular season before Rollins won the neutral site game in the playoffs. The Mocs took the first matchup on Nov. 19 by a score of 73-51, while the Tars won in Lakeland on Jan. 25 by a score of 65-63. The final matchup, which was the NCAA South Regional Final First Round, was dominated by the Tars, as Rollins won by a score of 71-47. That game was played in St. Petersburg, a neutral site, on Mar. 10.
  • Florida Southern last beat Rollins in Lakeland during the 2015-16 season on Feb. 21 by a score of 74-50.
  • The Tars are 51-50 (.505) all-time against the Mocs.
  • In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 695-240 (.743).
  • Julia Ingler ranks first in program history for both made three-pointers (199) and attempted three-pointers (554). However, the senior guard ranks 14th all-time in 3-point field goal percentage (35.9%).
  • With 1,057 career points, Julia Ingler is the 21st women to join the Tars 1,000-point club. Ingler trails 20th ranked Kirsten Dellinger (1,063 pts) by 6 points and 19th ranked Joslyn Giles (1,084 pts) by 27 points.
  • Carly McLendon ranks first in program history in career blocked shots (158). Additionally, the junior shot blocker tops the Tars all-time list for blocks per game with an average of 2.2 swats a game. This season in particular, among all NCAA Division II women players, McLendon is ranked fifth in both total blocked shots (50) and blocks per game (3.33).
  • Jasmine Stone is ranked 15th in program history for three-pointers made with 87, as she trails 14th ranked Sarah Taylor (108) by 21 made from behind the arc. While playing for Rollins, Stone, a senior, has shot 291 three-pointers, which ranks her 14th all-time.
  • With 175 turnovers in 15 games, Rollins averages a mere 11.7 turnovers per game, which is the fourth lowest mark in the country.


Rollins is idle on Wednesday, January 17 and will next host Barry on Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. to start the second half of the SSC schedule. All games can be found on the SSC Digital Network at and the Tars Sports Network at       

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