Rollins (9-8, 6-5 SSC) at Embry-Riddle (11-7, 6-5 SSC)
Wednesday, January 30 | 5:30 p.m.
Daytona Beach, Fla. | ICI Center
Set-up: On the road for the second consecutive game, Rollins women's hoops travels to Daytona Beach Wednesday for a date with Embry-Riddle. The two teams are tied with Lynn for fifth in the Sunshine State Conference standings with both looking for positive momentum heading into the last full month of the season. The Tars dropped a double overtime heartbreaker at Lynn on Saturday while the Eagles are on a two-game skid, falling at home to Eckerd and getting thumped at Nova Southeastern. ERAU is 8-2 at the ICI Center on the season while Rollins is 2-3 in true road games. The Tars won the first match-up between the two schools, 71-63 in Winter Park way back on November 28.
Tracking the Tars: Rollins had snapped its three-game losing streak with a win over Florida Tech and was on the verge of making it two victories in a row before falling to Lynn 71-70 in double overtime. The Tars were up by one with 23 seconds in the second extra frame and fouled a 44-percent free throw shooter, but Lynn's Kelsi Fizer hit both and lifted the Fighting Knights to the win. Yari Martinez-Toro led the Tars offense with 17 points behind a trio of three-pointers. Carly McLendon tallied 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds; 10 on the offensive end. The senior also had four blocks and a steal in 40 minutes. Rachel Jablonski netted 11 off the bench. McLendon was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Tech and Lynn. The senior leads the Tars on the season with 9.9 points and the SSC's third best rebounding mark at 8.4 a night. Her league-leading 47 blocks are 17 more than second place and the 18th most in the nation. Yari Martinez-Toro is scoring 9.6 points a game with a team-best 28 three-pointers. Denise Daniels averages 7.6 points a night while Vernisha Andrews is fifth in the conference with 7.4 rebounds a game. Rollins is seventh in the conference with 64.2 points of offense while sitting fourth in scoring defense, allowing just 58.4 points a game. The Tars are the top rebounding team in the conference, beating teams on the glass by 8.4 a game.
Tracking the Eagles: Embry-Riddle has endured the same up and down to the new calendar year as the Tars and heads into the match-up coming off back-to-back losses. They were on the road at Nova Southeastern on Saturday and fell 82-61 to the Sharks. Nicole Tucker led the way with 15 points and six rebounds while Lauren Ellenberger netted 14. Tucker leads the season box score with 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She is hitting 48 percent from the field, second-best in the SSC. Sarah Jones is getting 12.4 points a night with Ellenberger producing 12.3 points and a league-best 5.1 assists a game. The Eagles score 67 points per night and allow 64.2 a game.
- Rollins is 5-2 all-time against Embry-Riddle, a program that started in 2015.
- Rollins is 1-2 all-time at the ICI Center.
- The teams split last season, with each winning on their own home floor.
- Rollins beat ERAU 71-63 earlier this year (Nov. 28). Denise Daniels scored 15 to lead the Tars while Sigrid Sandstrom scored 15 for ERAU.
- Rollins was picked seveth in the SSC Preseason Poll.
- Embry-Riddle was picked T4th in the SSC Preseason Poll.
- Rollins is 37th nationally in scoring defense (58.4 ppg).
- Rollins is 19th in Division II in rebounding margin (+8.4).
- Carly McLendon (RC) ranks 16th in Division II in blocks per game (2.8) and 18th in total blocks (47).
- Carly McLendon (RC) is Rollins all-time leading shot blocker with 225 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.
- Embry-Riddle ranks 14th in the nation in free throw percentage (77 percent).
- Embry-Riddle is 15th in three-pointer attempted (489) and 24th in made (24).
- Nicole Tucker (ERAU) is 31st in the nation in free throw percentage (86 percent)
- Lauren Ellenberger (ERAU) is 24th in the nation with 92 total assists.
- Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 706-257 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time…Lisa Nuxol-Wilson is the only coach in ERAU history and has a 65-48 record with the Eagles.
Next up: The Tars are back home on Saturday, February 2 hosting Saint Leo at 2 p.m. Just four home games remain on the Tars 2018-19 slate. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.