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PREVIEW: Upset Minded Tars Host No. 20 Mocs

Jaylyn Harrison
Jaylyn Harrison

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (.PDF)

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (11-10, 6-9 SSC) vs. No. 20 Florida Southern (18-3, 13-2 SSC)

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – 5:30 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:
Rollins is set to host the hottest team in the Sunshine State Conference on Wednesday with 20th-ranked Florida Southern coming to town. The Tars have dropped their last two, both on the road, and welcome a chance to battle the Mocs in Warden Arena. The Tars are 9-3 in the friendly confines this year. As with every game in February, the contest has huge conference tournament ramifications. Rollins is tied for eighth in the standings with the top eight teams at the end of the year earning conference tournament bids. FSC leads the league by 2.5 games and has locked up a spot in the tournament. The Mocs have won 11 in a row and came in at No. 20 in the latest D2SIDA Media Poll.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins was on the road for two games last week, coming up short at Embry-Riddle 71-46 and most recently falling at Tampa 63-54 on Saturday. The Tars were within striking distance in both games, but struggled offensively in the fourth quarter. Julia Ingler was spectacular against UT, pumping in 17 points behind a quartet of 3-pointers. Jaylyn Harrison and Vernisha Andrews both scored 10 points. Ingler leads the Tars on the season with 13.4 points a game. Her 53 three-pointers are the second most while ranking fourth in 3-point shooting percentage (.387). Denise Daniels is getting 10.3 points and six rebounds a game. Harrison and Carly McLendon are both scoring eight a game. McLendon leads the team with 8.3 rebounds a night and is second in the SSC, 18th in the country, with 59 blocks. Rollins is scoring 66.1 points a game and allowing 63.2, both marks ranking sixth in the league.

TRACKING THE MOCS:   
Florida Southern brings an 11-game winning streak into Warden Arena, having put together an unbeaten January. The Mocs snuck by Eckerd in double OT on Wednesday of last week and cruised past Barry 77-60 Saturday night. Camille Giardina led the way with 19 points and four rebounds against the Bucs. Jensen Blassage added 17 points and Mercedez Claybrone 14. The Mocs are the SSC's top offense with 75.4 points a game while sitting second in scoring defense, allowing just 59.9 a game. Ajna Fuchs-Robetin is second in the SSC in both scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg). Giardina averages 18.8 points a game and Blassage is scoring 13.9 a game while handing out 3.5 assists a night. Florida Southern is 7-2 in true road games this season.

NOTES:

  • Earlier this season on Jan. 13, Florida Southern defeated Rollins by a score of 80-60 in Lakeland.
  • 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.
  • The Tars are 51-51 (.500) all-time against the Mocs.
  • Despite a record of 11-10 on the year, the Tars have been solid at home, posting a record of 9-3. Additionally, Rollins is 5-2 at home against SSC opponents.
  • In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 696-245 (.740).
  • Julia Ingler ranks 18th in program history for career points scored with 1,144 points. She trails 17th ranked Dawn Henderson (1,159 pts) by 15 points, 16th ranked Sarah Taylor (1,169 pts) by 25 points, 15th ranked Jenifer Gossett (1,177 pts) by 33 points and Ellen O'Day (1,180 pts) by 36 points.
  • Ingler ranks first in program history for both three-pointers made (216) and three-pointers attempted (593). The senior guard ranks 14th all-time in 3FG percentage (36.4%).
  • Carly McLendon ranks first in program history in both career blocked shots (167) and blocks per game (2.1) swats a game. This season in particular, the junior shot blocker ranks 16th in total blocked shots (59) and 15th in blocks per game (2.81), among all Division II women.
  • McLendon is ranked eighth in program history for FG percentage (52.4%).
  • Jasmine Stone is ranked 15th in program history for three-pointers made with 91. Barring an unprecedented shooting spree, the senior will likely end her career ranked 15th, as she trails 14th ranked Sarah Taylor (108) by 17 made from behind the arc. Additionally, Stone has taken the 14th most three-pointers in program history with 306 attempted thus far. She trails 13th ranked Larissa McDonough (312 3FG) by six attempts.
  • Through 21 games, Rollins has turned the ball over a mere 257 times, eighth 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:
Rollins is back at home on Saturday, February 10 hosting Palm Beach Atlantic in SSC action. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in Warden Arena. 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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