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PREVIEW: Tars Welcome Warriors for Season Opener

PREVIEW: Tars Welcome Warriors for Season Opener

Match-up:
Rollins (0-0) vs. Webber International (2-1)

When:
Friday, November 9, 2018 | 6 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com

Set-up:
The Rollins women's basketball team opens its 2018-19 campaign Friday night, hosting NAIA opponent Webber International. The Tars are coming off a 12-14 season a year ago, missing out on a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. Back at full strength to start the new season, Rollins will bring its up-tempo offense and lock down defense into the opener…Webber is already 2-1 on the young season, beating Trinity and Truett MConnell in decisive fashion. The Warriors played an exhibition with Division I Jacksonville its last time out, falling by 34…Glenn Wilkes Jr. is just three victories away from achieving 700 for his illustrious career…The game will be broadcast live on the new Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com.

Tracking the Tars:
Gone are four seniors, including a 1,000 point scorer, but Wilkes has reloaded the squad with a bevy of talented newcomers to compliment the returners. Denise Daniels is the leading returning scorer after posting 9.2 points a game last season. She was spectacular in the Tars two exhibitions, averaging 14 points, 8.5 rebounds and five assists in games against Hillsborough Community College and Daytona State. Jaylyn Harrison sat out the exhibition season, but returns to run the point for the Tars, putting up 8.5 points and 2.8 assists a game. Vernisha Andrews led the team on the glass with 8.3 rebounds a game while fellow senior Carly McLendon returns to add to her school-record in career blocks. The center ranked 20th in the nation in blocks last season and added 7.7 rebounds a game. Tianna Rosser was injured the second game of the season last year and will provide the Tars with a spark and solid presence in the paint. Sophomores Yari Martinez-Toro, Rachel Jablonski, Rachel Lia and Summer Conti as well as junior Chandler Hall played quality minutes last season and will be key contributors this season.

Tracking the Warriors:
The Warriors are averaging 76.7 points a game this season, while allowing opponents just 60 points a night. Taniya Patrick leads the way with 15.3 points a night, scoring double-figures in every contest this year. The forward also is grabbing 7.3 rebounds a game. Briana Williams is putting up 12.6 points a night and Montrese Weller adds 11.3 points a game. In WIU's exhibition with Jacksonville, Eletra Graham led the way with 11 points. The Warriors were outrebounded in the game 50-28. Including Rollins, Webber plays four Sunshine State Conference schools (Lynn, Florida Tech, Saint Leo) and two NCAA Division II squads (Jacksonville, Stetson).

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series against Webber 11-0. They last met Nov. 25, 2016 with Rollins winning 98-66. Denise Daniels and Marie Gilbert both scored 16 to lead the Tars. Victoria Baggett netted 21 to pace WIU.
  • Rollins is 30-19 all-time in season openers; the Tars are 9-1 over its last 10 season openers.
  • The meeting with Webber is one of just two games against NAIA teams for the Tars (Trinity Christian).
  • Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 697-249 in his 33-year career. He is the 17th winningest active coach among all divisions and has the fourth-most wins in NCAA Division II.

Next up:
Rollins takes part in the Florida Tech Tipoff Classic Nov. 16-17 in Melbourne. The Tars will meet Flagler at 12 p.m. on day one and come back to face NYIT at 2 p.m. Saturday. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.com.