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PREVIEW: Tars Host Bucs to Start SSC Second Half

Keevana Edwards and Vernisha Andrews
Keevana Edwards and Vernisha Andrews

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (.PDF)

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (10-6, 5-5 SSC) vs. Barry (13-5, 6-4 SSC)

WHEN:
Saturday, January 20, 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:
After a week off, Rollins is back on the court Saturday hosting Barry to start the second half of its Sunshine State Conference schedule. The Tars played the first half of the SSC slate at 5-5 and sit in a four-way tie with Tampa, Nova Southeastern and Florida Tech for fifth-place. Rollins is 8-2 at home this season and has dropped only one SSC game in Warden Arena on the year. Barry is tied for third in the league standings, two games back of leader Florida Southern. The Bucs just snapped a two-game skid with a win over Lynn on Wednesday and are 1-4 on the road this year. The game features two of the nation's top shot blockers in the Tars Carly McLendon (53/9th in nation) and Barry's Kiara Palmer (57/5th in the nation). The countdown to win No. 700 for Tars head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. continues as the 32-year veteran stands at 695-241.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins welcomes Barry looking for a bounce back game after coming up short to red-hot Florida Southern 80-60 Saturday night. The Tars fell behind early but clawed back to within five late in the second half before succumbing to a big Mocs run. Julia Inlger led the way with 12 points, including her 200th and 201st career three-pointers. Chandler Hall pumped in a career-high 10 points with Denise Daniels also scoring 10. Carly McLendon tallied seven rebounds and three blocks on her way to SSC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth-time this season. Ingler is 11th in the SSC and leads the Tars offense with 12.9 points per game. Already the program's all-time leading three-point shooter, the senior ranks third in the league with 38 buckets from beyond the arc. Daniels is scoring 11.1 a game and grabs 6.2 rebounds a night. On top of her 8.9 points a game, McLendon is a defensive force and ranks nationally in blocks and rebounds. She is leading Rollins and ranks third in the SSC with 9.4 rebounds a game (59th in Division II). Her 53 total blocks is second in the league and ninth nationally while her 3.3 swats a game is the seventh best mark in the country. The Tars average 69.5 points of offense and allow 62.1 a night. They are the top offensive rebounding team in the SSC and are second in rebounding margin, beating teams on the glass by 5.9 a game.

TRACKING THE BUCCANEERS:   
Barry will be playing a true road game for just the fifth time this season and comes to Rollins after beating Lynn 66-56 at home on Wednesday night. Barbara Cousino led the Bucs with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kiara Palmer added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Palmer tops the season stats with 15.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks a game. Cousino is getting 14.4 points and 3.1 assists a game while Ida Andersson scores 10.6 a night. The Bucs are second in the conference in scoring with 70.1 points a game and allow a league seventh-best 64.7 points a night. Their nine three-pointers a game is the 10th best mark in Division II. Prior to its win over Lynn, Barry had lost two-straight, at home to Florida Southern and at Embry-Riddle. The Bucs are 1-4 in true road games this season.

NOTES:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Barry 47-21, including a 25-5 mark in Winter Park. Over the last 10 meetings, both teams have won five times.
  • They last met on December 2, 2017 in Miami Shores with the Bucs handing the then fifth-ranked and undefeated Tars their first loss of the season, 78-60. McLendon scored 12 to lead the Tars while Cousino netted 21.
  •  Julia Ingler ranks 20th on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1,069 career points. She is 15 behind Joslyn Giles for 19th on the list.
  • Inlger now has a school record 201 career three-pointers. Jasmine Stone is 15th on the list with 88.
  • Carly McClendon's program record 161 blocks is now 21 clear of second place.
  • Jo Bistrow is a career 84 percent free throw shooter, the fourth-best mark in team history.
  • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is NCAA Division II's fourth-winningest coach with 695 wins.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
Rollins is back on the road Wednesday January 24, meeting Florida Tech in Melbourne. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. The Tars return home on Saturday, January 27 to host Lynn at 2 p.m. 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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