Rollins (8-7, 5-4 SSC) vs. Florida Tech (6-11, 2-7 SSC)
Wednesday, January 23, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena
Set-up: Rollins closes the first half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule at home Wednesday, hosting Florida Tech in Warden Arena. The Tars have dropped their last four, with the last three games against the top-three in the SSC standings. The skid has put Rollins into a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference with 11 games remaining in the regular season. The top eight teams at the end of the year earn bids into the postseason with the top-four hosting first round games. Florida Tech stopped a three-game losing streak on Saturday, beating Palm Beach Atlantic in Melbourne. The win was a second in the league for the Panthers, who sit tied for ninth in the standings. The Panthers come to Winter Park looking for a first road win of the year (0-4).
Tracking the Tars: Rollins hosted one of the nation's hottest teams in Florida Southern on Saturday, falling to the eighth-ranked Mocs 78-61. Senior Vernisha Andrews enjoyed a career day, setting a new personal record with 20 points while also grabbing 13 rebounds. Rachel Jablonski found her stroke from outside and added 10 points off the bench. Rollins dominated the glass with a 45-28 rebounding edge, including 24-4 on the offensive end. No Tar averages in double figures on the season, but seven are putting up at least six points a game. Carly McLendon leads the way with 9.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. She leads the SSC in blocks with 42 on the year and ranking 14th in the nation with 2.8 a game. Yari Martinez-Toro averages 9.5 points and has a team-best 24 three-pointers. Denise Daniels (7.5 ppg) and Vernisha Andrews (7.4 ppg) are also top scorers. Andrews is also grabbing 7.4 rebounds a game. The Tars are sixth in the conference in offense at 64.2 a game while sitting fourth in defense, allowing just 57.9 a night. Rollins remains the top rebounding team in the league, beating teams on the glass by 9.5 a game. The Tars are 6-3 at home this season.
Tracking the Panthers: Prior to its win over Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, Tech had lost five of its last six since the holiday break. The FIT offense exploded against PBA en route to a 72-46 win. Amanda Allen led the way with 12 points and seven rebounds while Tereza Sedlakova recorded 10 points and seven rebounds. In all, 12 different players scored for the Panthers, who shot 38 percent from the field and 7-of-10 from long range. Gracie Doane is the top scorer with 10.9 points a game, shooting 49-130 from three-point range. Kailyn Ebb averages 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds a game while Sedlakova is getting 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds a night. Tech is ninth in the SSC with 59.8 points of offense a game while holding teams to a fifth-best 54.9 a night. They are fourth in the league in rebounding, beating teams on the glass by 4.3 a game.
- Rollins leads the all-time series with FIT 52-24.
- Rollins is 30-9 all-time at home against the Panthers.
- The Tars are 6-3 at home this season; Florida Tech is 0-4 in true road games.
- Rollins has one 13 of the last 15 meetings; they split last year with Rollins winning 93-65 in Winter Park and FIT winning 64-43 in Melbourne.
- Carly McLendon (RC) ranks third in the nation among active players in career blocks with 220.
- Carly McLendon (RC) 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.
- Rollins is ranked 33rd in the nation in scoring defense (58.9 ppg).
- Rollins ranks 15th nationally in rebounding margin (+9.5).
- Rollins' 213 turnovers on the year is 23rd least in the country.
- Carly McLendon (RC) ranks 14th in blocks per game with 2.8.
- Gracie Doane (FIT) is 20th in the nation with 49 made three-pointers; she is 19th nationally with 130 attempts.
- Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 705-256 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time…Florida Tech's John Reynolds is in his 32nd season at FIT and is 565-337 at the helm of the program.
Next up: The Tars are on the road to start the second half of the SSC schedule, starting with a visit to Lynn on Saturday, January 26. They then close the month with a trip to Embry-Riddle on Wednesday, January 30. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.