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PREVIEW: Tars at Panthers for SSC Tilt

Denise Daniels
Denise Daniels

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (.PDF)
MATCH-UP:
Rollins (10-7, 5-6 SSC) at Florida Tech (8-9, 5-6 SSC)

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Melbourne, Florida – Clemente Center

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

SET-UP:
Nearing the final stretch of the regular season, Rollins visits Florida Tech Wednesday looking to stop a two-game skid and get back into the mix atop the Sunshine State Conference standings. The Tars had won back-to-back games over two of the SSC's top teams, but fell to now leader Florida Southern and contender Barry its last two outings. The Blue and Gold sit in a three-way tie for sixth-place on the SSC grid. The top eight teams in the final conference standings get spots in the postseason tournament. Florida Tech is one of those teams in sixth with the Tars, and has also lost its last two. The Panthers are 4-2 at the Clemente Center this year while Rollins is 1-4 in road games. The Tars opened the season in Melbourne, thumping Thomas 94-44 in a neutral site game.  

TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins had Barry on the ropes Saturday afternoon, but went ice cold from the field in the fourth and fell 70-62. Julia Ingler was the lone Tar in double figures, netting 12 points. Vernisha Andrews added eight points and 11 rebounds while Denise Daniels also scored eight. Rollins led 53-49 heading into the fourth, but the Bucs rally proved to be too much. Ingler is the Tars top scorer on the season, putting up 12.9 points a game. The senior is seventh in the SSC in three-point shooting (36 percent) and has the second-most made three-pointers with 39. Daniels is getting 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Carly McLendon scored 8.8 points and sits third in the SSC with 8.6 rebounds per game. Her 3.1 blocks per game leads the conference and 53 total is 10th in all of Division II. The junior is also shooting 51 percent from the field. Jaylyn Harrison scores 7.6 points a game and leads the Tars with 2.4 assists a game. The Tars are scoring 69.1 points a game and allowing 62.6 a night. Rollins is second in rebounding margin at +5.2 boards a game.

TRACKING THE PANTHERS:   
Just like the Tars, Florida Tech had a two-game winning streak going, but has lost its last two, most recently a 65-43 setback at Eckerd. Tereza Sedlakova led FIT with 17 points and four rebounds and DeLise Williams netted six. Tech shot just 36 percent in the game, including 2-of-11 from three-point range. Head Coach John Reynolds went deep into his bench with all 15 players seeing the court. Williams is the top performer on the season with 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds a game. Gracie Doane is scoring 9.4 points a night while Sedlakova averages 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. Tech scores 65.9 points a game and surrenders 63.7 to opponents. They top the league in rebounding, beating teams on the glass by 7.1 a game.

NOTES:

• Last year, Rollins swept the season series against Florida Tech. On Nov. 30, 2016, Rollins travelled to Melbourne, and earned a 72-67 win. The Tars completed the regular season sweep in Winter Park on Jan. 21, 2017, with a 59-50 victory. Florida Tech found revenge during the SSC Tournament, as they defeated the Tars by a score of 73-70.

• Earlier this season, during their home opener, the Tars easily cruised to a 28-point victory over the Panthers.

• The Tars are 53-23 (.697) all-time against the Panthers.

• In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 695-242 (.742).

Julia Ingler ranks 20th in program history for career points scored with 1,081 points. She trails 19th ranked Joslyn Giles (1,084 pts) by three points.

Julia Ingler ranks first in program history for both three-pointers made (202) and three-pointers attempted (564). The senior guard ranks 14th all-time in 3FG percentage (35.8%).

Carly McLendon ranks first in program history in both career blocked shots (161) and blocks per game (2.2) swats a game. This season in particular, the junior shot blocker ranks ninth in total blocked shots (53) and seventh in blocks per game (3.12), among all Division II women.

Carly McLendon is ranked eighth in program history for FG percentage (53.4%).

Jasmine Stone is ranked 15th in program history for three-pointers made with 89. Barring an unprecedented shooting spree, the senior will likely end her career ranked 15th, as she trails 14th ranked Sarah Taylor (108) by 19 made from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Stone has taken the 14th most three-pointers in program history with 298 attempted thus far. She trails 13th ranked Larissa McDonough (312 attempts) by 14 attempts.

• With 205 turnovers in 17 games, Rollins averages a mere 12.1 turnovers per game, which is the seventh lowest mark in the country. 

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
Rollins returns home on Saturday, January 27 to host Lynn at 2 p.m. Just four home games remain on the Tars schedule this season. 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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