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PREVIEW: Tars Set to Host Sailfish Saturday

PREVIEW: Tars Set to Host Sailfish Saturday

Complete Game Notes (.PDF)

Match-up:
Rollins (9-11, 6-8 SSC) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (3-16, 1-12 SSC)

When:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 2 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park | Warden Arena

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

Set-up:
With just three home games remaining on the schedule, Rollins welcomes Palm Beach Atlantic to Winter Park on Saturday afternoon. The Tars have lost four-straight and are seventh in the Sunshine State Conference standings with the top eight teams at the end of the season earning postseason bids. Over the next three weeks, Rollins plays three of the four teams it leads in the standings and can solidify a berth with a string of victories. The Tars are 7-4 in Warden Arena this season and host a PBA team still looking for a first road win of the year (0-6). The Sailfish are 11th in the SSC at 1-12 in league play. They upset Lynn by 22 a week ago and lost a three-point game to Tampa on Wednesday. The Tars rolled in the first game between the two, 69-41 on the road in December.

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins heads into the PBA game looking to get back on track and start positive momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season schedule. After four-straight close games, the Tars were defeated handily on Wednesday at Nova Southeastern 80-60. Rachel Jablonski hit four, 3-pointers and scored 17 off the bench to lead the Tars. Densie Daniels scored 14 and Jaylyn Harrison netted 12. Senior Carly McLendon leads season box score with 9.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. She leads the SSC and ranks 18th nationally with 2.7 blocks a game. Yari Martinez-Toro, who sat out against NSU due to injury, is getting 9.2 points a night and leads the team with 31 three-pointers. Daniels averages 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. Harrison is leads in assists with 52 while Vernisha Andrews hauls in seven rebounds a game. Rollins is sixth in the SSC in offense at 63.4 points a game while sitting fourth in defense, allowing just 59.9 a night. As has been the case all year, Rollins sets the pace in rebounding, leading the conference with a +7.6 margin.

Tracking the Sailfish:          
PBA stopped an eight game losing streak and picked up a first SSC win in a big way last week, thrashing Lynn 67-45. They then took second-place Tampa to the wire before falling 57-54. Jonika Garvin led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Mina Salhia added 15 points. Garvin is the top scorer on the year, putting gup 16.9 points a game. She also grabs 8.1 rebounds a night and has 35 steals. Ciara Cumbie averges 7.2 points a game, but has been out since mid-January. Salhia scores 6.2 points a game. The 'Fish are last in the SSC in offense, scoring 54.7 a game, while ranking ninth in defense, allowing 66.6 a night. 

Notes:

  • Rollins is 25-2 all-time against Palm Beach Atlantic. The Tars won the first 20 match-ups before falling to the Sailfish in 2016.  
  • Rollins is 14-1 at home against PBA all-time.
  • Rollins posted a 69-41 win at PBA earlier this year (Dec. 7).  
  • The Tars rank 26th nationally in rebounding margin, beating teams by 7.6 a game.
  • Carly McLendon (RC) is 18th in the nation with 2.7 blocks per game and is 22nd in total blocks (53).
  • With 231 career blocks, Carly McLendon (RC) is now alone in fourth-place on the SSC's all-time blocks list. UT's Sheena Walton (396) and Jessie McDowell (298) lead the way. Nova Southeastern's Stephanie Sarosi (266) is third.
  • PBA is 19th in the country in fewest fouls.
  • Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC Preseason Poll; PBA was picked 11th.  
  • Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 706-260 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time…Manisha Redus is in her first season leading PBA.

Next up:
Rollins is back at home on Wednesday, February 13, hosting Tampa at 5:30 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

 

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