Rollins (11-8, 6-7 SSC) at Embry-Riddle (15-4, 9-3 SSC)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.
Daytona Beach, Fla. – ICI Center
Rollins visits Daytona Beach on Wednesday to meet Embry-Riddle in the first of back-to-back road games. The Tars are tied for sixth in the Sunshine State Conference standings after its convincing win over Lynn on Saturday. The win halted a three-game skid and gives the Blue and Gold momentum heading into the last month of the season. The Tars are tied with Tampa, Saturday's opponent, for sixth-place in the conference. The top-eight teams get into the SSC Tournament with the top-four seeds hosting first round games. ERAU has won six in a row and vaulted up the SSC standings into second place, 1.5 games back of leader Florida Southern. The Eagles are 7-2 at home this season while the Tars are just 1-5 in true road games this year. Rollins head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is sitting at 696 victories and needs just four more to become just the fourth head coach in Division II history with 700 wins.
TRACKING THE TARS:
After two weeks of struggling on the offensive end, Rollins clicked against Lynn in a 72-65 victory. Julia Ingler was spectacular, pouring in 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 5-of-7 mark from the 3-point line. Vernisha Andrews scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Jaylyn Harrison scored 11. Rollins shot 48 percent in the game and 44 percent beyond the arc. Ingler is ninth in the SSC and leads Rollins with 13.1 points a game. Her 46 total 3-pointers is second most in the conference. She is 19th on the Tars all-time scoring list (1,111 points) and has the most 3-pointers (209) in program history. Denise Daniels is putting up 10.6 a game while hauling in six rebounds a night with Carly McLendon averaging 8.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. She tops the league with 3.1 blocks a game while her 58 total swats are 13 most in the nation. Rollins is averaging 67.8 points a game and allowing 62.8. The Tars are plus-3.9 in rebounding margin and rank ninth in the country in fewest turnovers, coughing it up just 232 times through 19 games.
TRACKING THE EAGLES:
Embry-Riddle is in its first official year as a member of the Sunshine State Conference and is a serious contender to take the league title. The Eagles had only lost one game since the calendar flipped to 2018 and are allowing just 59 points a game over its last six wins. ERAU is coming of a 66-62 win over Saint Leo on Saturday night. Nicole Tucker led the way with 18 points and five rebounds while Sabrina Whiting added 13 points and eight rebounds. Lauren Ellenberger tallied 11 points. Tara Fields is the top scorer for the Eagles, putting up 15.0 points a game while also grabbing 4.8 rebounds. Whiting averages 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds a game while Tucker is getting 10.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a night. ERAU is fifth in the conference in offense, netting 67.5 points a game while allowing 61.0.
- Earlier this season, Rollins defeated Embry-Riddle by a score of 92-83 in Winter Park.
- Last year, the Tars and Eagles matched up evenly, as they split the season series and each victory was by a mere two points. On Nov. 16, 2016, Embry-Riddle earned a 60-58 victory in Daytona Beach, while, on Feb. 1, 2017, Rollins came out victorious in Winter Park by a score of 52-50.
- The Tars are 3-1 (.750) all-time against the Eagles.
- In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 696-243 (.741). He has the fourth-most wins in NCAA Division II history and ranks 13th all-time in winning percentage.
- Julia Ingler ranks 20th in program history for career points scored with 1,111 points. She trails 18th ranked Sarah Blackburn (1,135 pts) by 24 points.
- Ingler ranks first in program history for both three-pointers made (209) and three-pointers attempted (577). The senior guard ranks 14th all-time in 3FG percentage (36.2%).
- Carly McLendon ranks first in program history in both career blocked shots (166) and blocks per game (2.2) swats a game. This season in particular, the junior shot blocker ranks 12th in total blocked shots (58) and ninth in blocks per game (3.05), among all Division II women.
- McLendon is ranked eighth in program history for FG percentage (53.0%).
- Jasmine Stone is ranked 15th in program history for three-pointers made with 90. Barring an unprecedented shooting spree, the senior will likely end her career ranked 15th, as she trails 14th ranked Sarah Taylor (108) by 18 made from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Stone has taken the 14th most three-pointers in program history with 303 attempted thus far. She trails 13th ranked Larissa McDonough (312 3FGA) by 9 attempts.
- Through 19 games, Rollins has turned the ball over a mere 232 times, seventh fewest in the country, which equates to an average of 12.2 turnovers per game, the 10th lowest mark in the country.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
The Tars are back on the road Saturday, February 3, visiting Tampa at 2 p.m. Rollins next home game is Wednesday, February 7 against rival and SSC leader, Florida Southern. All games can be found on the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv and the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.