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PREVIEW: Unbeaten Knights Visit Winter Park

PREVIEW: Unbeaten Knights Visit Winter Park

Complete Game Notes

Match-up:
Rollins (3-3, 1-0 SSC) vs. Lynn (5-0, 1-0 SSC)

When:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 2 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LISTEN: WPRK 91.5 FM – TuneIn (mobile)
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com

Set-up:
Fresh off a thrilling win over 17th-ranked Embry-Riddle in the Sunshine State Conference opener, Rollins hosts undefeated Lynn on Saturday afternoon. The Tars gave head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. the 700th of his hall of fame career and will look to continue setting the pace in the SSC standings. Rollins defense shined Wednesday, holding the potent Eagles offense to 16 points below their average. The Tars welcome the lone unbeaten team left in the league in the 5-0 Fighting Knights. Lynn is winning games by just seven points a game, but coming off a 10-point win over Palm Beach Atlantic in their opener. Saturday's game will be the first road trip of the season for Lynn and one of just two away games among their first 11. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins put together its most complete performance of the season on Wednesday and took down No. 17 Embry-Riddle 71-63. Four players scored in double figures, led by 14 from Denise Daniels. Yari Martinez-Toro and Rachel Lia both scored 12 and Carly McLendon posted 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Tars were outrebounded (35-31) for the first time all season, but held the Eagles to just 39 percent shooting. McLendon leads the season boxscore with 10.3 points while ranking second in the SSC with 8.5 rebounds and posting a conference-best 4.0 blocks a game. She is shooting 65 percent from the field and 75 percent at the stripe on the year. Martinez-Toro is getting 8.8 points a game while Daniels scores 8.2 a night. The Tars are ninth in the league in offense at 62.5 points a game while allowing a league fifth-best 57.8 points a game. Rollins is the fourth-best rebounding team in the conference, beating teams on the glass by an average of seven a game.

Tracking the Fighting Knights
Lynn is one of just two unbeaten teams in the nation and comes to Winter Park 5-0. The Fighting Knights beat Palm Beach Atlantic 66-56 in their SSC opener on Wednesday, outscoring PBA 20-5 in the fourth quarter. Juju Uloma tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead Lynn while Jaylen Snipes posted 11 points and five rebounds. Lynn beat PBA 46-34 on the glass. Uloma is the top producer for LU on the season, posting 13 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Snipes averages 11.6 points and five assists a game while Sydney Fields is getting 10.8 points and six rebounds a night.  Lynn is scoring 64.8 points a game and allowing a league fourth-best 57.8 points a game. They rank second in the conference in rebounding, beating teams by 8.6 boards a game.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Lynn 40-6, including a 23-3 mark in Winter Park. The Tars have won 11 in a row and last fell to Lynn at home in 2013.  
  • The three teams to beat Rollins this year are currently a combined 17-4.
  • As a team, Rollins ranks third in the nation in blocks per game (5.8) and total blocks (35).  
  • Carly McLendon is fifth in the nation in blocks per game (4.0)
  • Carly McLendon is Rollins all-time leading shot blocker with 202 for her career; she ranks fifth in Sunshine State Conference history. Tampa's Sheen Walton (396) and Jessie McDowell (298) lead the way. Nova Southeastern's Stephanie Sarosi (266) and UT's Crystal Allen (230) are ahead of McLendon.
  • Lynn is one of 22 unbeaten teams in Division II.  
  • Lynn is fourth in the nation in rebounding margin (+8.6).  
  • Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 700-252 in his 33-year career.

Next up:
Rollins is off for six days before traveling to Palm Beach Atlantic for a third SSC game of the season on Friday, December 7. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Rubin Arena. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.  

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