Rollins (10-12, 7-9 SSC) at Barry (8-15, 5-10 SSC)
Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2 p.m.
Miami Shores, Fla. | Cesar Odio Court in the Health & Sports Center
Set-up:Rollins makes its longest road trip of the season Saturday, visiting Miami Shores to face Barry in a big game for Sunshine State Conference Tournament seeding. The Tars have just four games remaining on its schedule and are seventh in the league standings at 7-9, a half game back of Lynn for sixth. Barry is 5-10 in the conference and holding onto the final potential bid into the postseason. Rollins had dropped five of its last six and is 2-5 on the road after starting the year 2-0 away from Winter Park. The Bucs have lost five in a row in conference, but stepped out of league play to beat Florida National on Wednesday. Barry is 5-6 at home and expecting a big crowd for its homecoming game against the Tars.
Tracking the Tars: Rollins offense has struggled to score over the last month of the season and faced one of the nation's top defenses in Tampa on Wednesday, falling 67-50. Rachel Jablonski had 15 points for the Tars while Carly McLendon added eight points and six rebounds. UT shot 56 percent in the game and held Rollins to 30 percent shooting. The Tars don't have anyone averaging in double digits scoring with seven players putting up at least six points a game. McLendon leads the way with 9.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game. Yari Martinez-Toro is getting 8.9 points a night while Denise Daniels scores 7.6 a game. Jablonski has worked her way into the starting line-up and is averaging 14.3 points a game over the last three. On the season, she scores 7.1 a game and leads the team with 35 three-pointers. Rollins is seventh in the conference in offense with 62.7 points a game while allowing a league fourth-best 59.9. The Tars lead the league in rebounding margin, beating teams by 7.5 a game on the glass.
Tracking the Buccaneers: Barry had won three in a row at the end of January, but fell into a five-game SSC skid and are fighting to secure a spot in the tourney. The Bucs hosted Florida National on Wednesday, posting an 89-74 win. Nichel Tampa had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals to lead the Bucs. Tampa leads the way on the season, putting up 14.7 points and 5.1 rebounds a game. Ida Andersson is the top rebounder with 6.8 a night while also scoring 14.4. Harriet Swindells also averages in double figures scoring at 10.2 a game. Barry scores 66.3 a game to sit fifth in the SSC, but is at the bottom of the league in defense, surrendering 73.6 a night.
- Rollins is 48-22 all-time against Barry; the teams are tied 5-5 over the last 10.
- The Tars lead the all-time series 17-13 in Miami Shores.
- Rollins won the first meeting, 74-60 in Winter Park on Jan. 5.
- Carly McLendon (RC) is 23rd in the nation in both total blocks (54) and blocks per game (2.5).
- With 232 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.
- Barry is 30th in the nation with 8.2 three-pointers a game.
- Ida Andersson (BU) is seventh nationally with 3.1 three-pointers a game.
- Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC Preseason Poll; Barry was picked seventh.
- Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 707-261 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time…Bill Sullivan is 195-169 in 13 seasons leading Barry.
Next up: Rollins is idle on Wednesday and will next host Eckerd on Saturday, February 23 for senior day and the final home game of the season. Tip is set for 2 p.m. in Warden Arena. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.