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PREVIEW: Tars Visit Panthers Wednesday Night

PREVIEW: Tars Visit Panthers Wednesday Night

Complete Game Notes (pdf.)

Match-up:
Rollins (10-14, 7-11 SSC) at Florida Tech (8-18, 4-14 SSC)

When:
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.

Where:
Melbourne, Fla.  | Clemente Center

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

Set-up:Rollins heads into the final week of the regular season looking to secure a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The Tars are on the road Wednesday, visiting Florida Tech in Melbourne. A Rollins win and or Saint Leo loss to Florida Southern will guarantee the Tars spot in the postseason. The Lions meet league leader Florida Southern Wednesday night. Rollins then closes the season at FSC Saturday night. Rollins has dropped its last three and will look to get on track, starting with a win over Tech. FIT is on the outside, looking in  for a spot in the tourney with two games left on their slate. The Panthers beat Embry-Riddle and lost by one to Lynn last week and are looking to finish the season on a high note.  

Tracking the Tars: Rollins was befuddled by Eckerd on Saturday, falling 47-44 in the final home game of the season. The Tars held EC without a field goal in the fourth quarter, but only hit one shot themselves and couldn't come back for the win. Yari Martinez-Toro led the Tars with 11 points while Jaylyn Harrison scored nine. Carly McLendon leads the Tars season box score with 9.5 points a game. She is also pulling down 8.2 rebounds a night and leads the conference with 55 blocks. Martinez-Toro is getting 9.2 points a game and Denise Daniels adds 7.4 a night. Rachel Jablonski has hit a team-best 39 three-pointers and scores seven points a game. Rollins is averaging 62.2 points a game and allowing 59.9.

Tracking the Panthers:  FIT had lost four in a row before beating Embry-Riddle by 18 and falling to Lynn by one, 50-49 last week. Tereza Sedlakova led the Panthers with 12 points and six rebounds. Kailyn Ebb tallied nine points and 12 rebounds. Sedlakova averages 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds a game for the Panthers. Gracie Doane is getting 8.7 points a game and Ebb averages 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. Tech is scoring 59.1 points a game and allowing 60.9 a contest.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Florida Tech 54-24.
  • The Tars are 19-14 all-time in Melbourne.
  • Rollins has on three of the last five, including a 58-54 victory in Winter Park earlier in the year.
  • Rollins is 2-6 in true road games this season. The Tars are 0-2 in the Clemente Center this season, falling to Flagler and NYIT in the season opening tournament.
  • Carly McLendon (RC) is fourth in Sunshine State Conference history with 232 blocks. UT's Sheena Walton (396) and Jessie McDowell (298) lead the way. Nova Southeastern's Stephanie Sarosi (266) is third.
  • Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 707-263 in his 33-year career.

Next up: The Tars close the regular season at Florida Southern on Saturday, March 2. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Jenkins Field House. Fans can watch all games live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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