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PREVIEW: SSC Leader Florida Southern Visits Rollins Saturday

PREVIEW: SSC Leader Florida Southern Visits Rollins Saturday

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (8-6, 5-3 SSC) vs. No. 8/14 Florida Southern (15-1, 8-0 SSC)

When:
Saturday, January 19, 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: After taking its Sunshine State Conference bye on Wednesday, a well-rested Rollins welcomes league leader Florida Southern to Warden Arena on Saturday. The Tars are looking to break out of a two-game skid, having dropped road games at Tampa and Eckerd last week. Rollins is in a group of four teams tied for third in the SSC standings with two games left in the first half of the schedule. Florida Southern heads to Winter Park on a 12-game winning streak and with a 15-1 overall record. The Mocs are 8-0 in the conference and hold a two-game lead in the standings. FSC is ninth nationally in offense at 80.7 points a game while the Tars are 24th in Division II in defense, allowing just 56.4 a night.

Tracking the Tars: Rollins had two tough trips to Florida's west coast last week, falling to Tampa 55-44 and dropping a 75-52 decision at Eckerd. Against EC, the Tars fell into an early hole and couldn't dig out despite a stellar defensive second half. Carly McLendon led the way with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Tianna Rosser tallied 12 points and six rebounds off the bench. McLendon leads the season box score with 10.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. She ranks fourth in the SSC on the glass and leads the league with 42 total blocks; also the 12th most in the nation. Yari Martinez-Toro is getting 9.5 points and 2.8 assists a night. Denise Daniels averages 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Rollins offense is sixth in the conference with 64.4 points a game, but the Tars are third in defense with 56.4 points a night. Rollins remains the top rebounding team in the SSC, beating opponents on the glass by nine a game.

Tracking the Moccasins:  Since a loss to LeMoyne the day after Thanksgiving, Florida Southern has been a force with 12-straight wins and a No. 8 national ranking. The Mocs were in a battle against Eckerd on Wednesday, coming out with a 60-56 win. Anja Fuchs-Robetin poured in 24 points and Camille Giardina scored 20 to lead FSC. The Southern standouts are the top two scorers in the Sunshine State Conference. Fuchs-Robetin leads with 17.8 points a game while shooting an SSC-best 57 percent from the field. She is also grabbing 6.4 rebounds a game. Giardina is scoring 17.7 a night. Makenzie Steele is scoring 9.2 points a game while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc. FSC is scoring 80.7 points a game and beating teams by 23.9 points a game this season. The trip to Winter Park is Florida Southern's fifth true-road game of the season (4-0).

Notes:

  • Rollins trails in the all-time series with Florida Southern 51-52. The Tars have played the Mocs more than any other team in its history.   
  • Rollins is 27-19 all-time against Florida Southern at home.  
  • The Tars are 6-2 at home this season; Florida Southern is 4-0 on the road.
  • FSC won both meetings last year, 80-60 in Lakeland and 78-69 in Winter Park.
  • Rollins is ranked 24th in the nation in defense (56.4 ppg)
  • Rollins is the nation's 19th-best rebounding team, beating opponents by nine a game.
  • Rollins' 195 turnovers are the 29th least in the nation.
  • Carly McLendon (RC) is 10th in the nation with three blocks per game; she is 12th nationally with 42 total blocks.
  • Carly McLendon is Rollins all-time leading shot blocker with 220 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.
  • Florida Southern is ninth in the country in offense (80.7 ppg)
  • Florida Southern is fifth in the nation in scoring margin (+23.9)
  • Floirda Southern is sixth in the country in free throw shooting (78 percent)
  • Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 705-255 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time…Florida Southern head coach Betsy Harris is 100-36 in five seasons at FSC and 168-63 in eight seasons as a head coach.

Next up: Rollins is back at home on Wednesday, January 23 hosting Florida Tech at 5:30 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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