Rollins (11-9, 6-8 SSC) at Tampa (14-7, 7-7 SSC)
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Tampa, Florida – Bob Martinez Center
The road-weary Tars take the trip down I-4 to face Tampa Saturday to close a stretch of back-to-back away games. Rollins fell to Embry-Riddle on Wednesday and dropped into a tie for seventh in the Sunshine State Conference standings with just three weeks left in the regular season. The Tars are 1-6 away from home this season. A win over UT would be big for the Tars bid into the SSC Tournament this March. Tampa has won its last two and is fifth in the league standings, 1.5 games out of a SSC Tourney first round home game. Tampa is 12-2 at the Martinez Center this year with both losses coming to SSC foes. 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:
Rollins hung with SSC front-runner Embry-Riddle for three quarters on Wednesday, but the offense stalled in the fourth as the Tars fell to the Eagles 71-46. The setback closed the Tars January with a record of 3-5. Julia Ingler was spectacular against ERAU, scoring 17 points to go along with three rebounds and three steals. Denise Daniels added eight and Carly McLendon scored seven. The Tars were held to 28 percent shooting and outrebounded by eight. Ingler leads the team on the season with 13.3 points a night, the ninth best mark in the league. Her 49 three-pointers stands as second-most in the conference. Daniels is getting 10.5 points a game while hauling in 5.9 rebounds a night. McLendon scores 8.2 a night and leads the Tars with 8.4 rebounds and 58 blocks. The junior ranks second in the SSC and 14th nationally in total blocks. Jaylyn Harrison is scoring eight points a night and Vernisha Andrews averages 7.5 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. Rollins is scoring 66.8 points a game and allowing 63.2 – both sixth in the conference.
TRACKING THE SPARTANS:
Tampa snapped out of a five-game losing streak with back-to-back wins, most recently a 56-35 drubbing of Saint Leo. UT's defense held the Lions to seven second quarter points and to just four in the fourth. Emily Eshoo led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds. Rachel Warden scored 16 and Staja Tyghter tallied 11. Tyghter leads UT with 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Karma Jeremie scores 11.2 points with 7.0 rebounds a night while Warden is scoring 9.5 points a game. Tampa is the top scoring defense in the SSC, allowing just 55.5 points a game. Opponents are shooting 36 percent against the UT defense. They are scoring 62.0 on the other end of the court.
- Earlier this season on Jan. 10, Rollins defeated Tampa by a score of 59-52 in Winter Park.
- Last season, Rollins and Tampa split the season series with each team winning away from home. The Spartans took the first matchup on Jan. 4, 2017, winning by a score of 75-62, while the Tars won in Tampa on Feb. 18, 2017, by a score of 65-63.
- The Tars lead the all-time series against the Spartans with a 53-42 (.558) record.
- After starting the season 7-0 in the month of November, Rollins has been 4-9 since, as the Tars posted a record of 1-4 in December and 3-5 in January.
- In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 696-244 (.740).
- Julia Ingler ranks 19th in program history for career points scored with 1,128 points. She trails 18th ranked Sarah Blackburn (1,135 pts) by seven points, 17th ranked Dawn Henderson (1,159 pts) by 31 points and 16th ranked Sarah Taylor (1,169 pts) by 41 points
- Ingler ranks first in program history for both three-pointers made (212) and three-pointers attempted (586). 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 13th in blocks per game (2.9), among all Division II women.
- McLendon is ranked ninth in program history for FG percentage (52.9%).
- 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. Additionally, Stone has taken the 14th most three-pointers in program history with 304 attempted thus far. She trails 13th ranked Larissa McDonough (312 3FG) by 8 attempts.
- Through 20 games, Rollins has turned the ball over a mere 246 times, seventh fewest in the country, which equates to an average of 12.3 turnovers per game, the 16th lowest mark in the country.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
After two on the road, Rollins returns home for a pair, starting with SSC leader Florida Southern on Wednesday, February 7. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Warden Arena. Rollins then hosts Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, February 10 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.