Rollins (7-4, 4-1 SSC) vs. Barry (4-8, 2-3 SSC)
Saturday, January 5, 2018 | 2 p.m.
Winter Park, Florida | Warden Arena
Set-up: After suffering its first Sunshine State Conference loss of the season on Wednesday, Rollins will look for a big bounce back game Saturday afternoon, hosting Barry in Warden Arena. The Tars are second in the league standings after the Sharks snapped Rollins' five-game winning streak, joining Lynn as the one-loss teams chasing Florida Southern. Barry has dropped three of its last four and lost to Embry-Riddle on the road Wednesday. The Bucs are 0-3 away from Miami Shores on the season. Both teams are scoring 66 points a game, but the Tars defense ranks among the national leaders (54.5 ppg) while Barry is last in the conference, allowing more than 72 points a game.
Tracking the Tars: A slow start doomed the Tars against Nova Southeastern on Wednesday as Rollins was unable to climb out of a 27-point second half hole. Rollins did pull to within five late in the game, but ran out of time in completing the comeback and fell 71-66. Yari Martinez-Toro led the way with 19 points while Carly McLendon recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. McLendon leads the Tars with 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She is fourth in the SSC in rebounding and leads the league in blocked shots with 36; also the eighth most in the nation. Martinez-Toro is getting 9.7 points and leads the team with 33 assists. Denise Daniels is scoring 9.5 points a game and Jaylyn Harrison is getting 7.3 points a night. Vernisha Andrews pulls down 7.3 rebounds a game as Rollins is tops in the conference and 16th nationally with a +11.1 rebounding margin. Rollins is fifth in the league in offense with 66.5 points per game and is second in defense (15th nationally), allowing 54.4 points a game.
Tracking the Buccaneers: After beating Florida Tech at home coming off a 12-day holiday break, Barry visited Embry-Riddle on Wednesday and fell to the Eagles 70-61. Harriet Swindells led the way with 13 points off the bench. Nichel Tampa and Ida Andersson both netted 12. Tampa is the Bucs top scorer on the season with 14.1 points a game to go along with 5.8 rebounds a night. Andersson is averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds a game while Swindells scores 10.7 a game. Four of the Bucs losses this season have come against nationally ranked teams, including No. 1 Union. Led by an SSC second-best 105 three-pointers, Barry is sixth in the league in offense with 66.5 points a night. They are 11th in defense, surrendering 72.0 a game.
- Rollins leads the all-time series with Barry 47-22 dating back to the first match-up in 1989. The Bucs swept the Tars last season, winning 78-60 in Miami Shores and 70-62 in Winter Park.
- Rollins is 28-6 all-time against Barr at home.
- Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC preseason poll; Barry sixth.
- Rollins is 15th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 54.5 points a game.
- Rollins is 16th nationally in rebounding margin at +11.1
- Rollins is 19th nationally in blocked shots per game with 4.7 a night.
- Carly McLendon (RC) is fifth in the country with 3.3 blocks per game and eighth nationally with 36 total blocks.
- Carly McLendon (RC) is Rollins all-time leading shot blocker with 214 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.
- Barry is 17th in the nation in three-point field goals per game, hitting 8.8 per night.
- Barry's 105 made three-pointers is 18th most in Division II.
- Ida Andersson (BU) leads the SSC with 37 made three-pointers.
- Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 704-253 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time; Bill Sulivan is his 13th year leading the Bucs and his 191-162 at the helm.
Next up: Rollins next plays back-to-back games on Florida's West Coast, visiting Tampa on Wednesday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. and three days later going to Eckerd for 2 p.m. game on Saturday, January 12. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.