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PREVIEW: Upset Minded Rollins Visits No. 19 Fla. Southern

PREVIEW: Upset Minded Rollins Visits No. 19 Fla. Southern

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (11-14, 8-11 SSC) at No. 19/21 Florida Southern (24-3, 17-2 SSC)

When:
Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.

Where:
Lakeland, Fla.  | Jenkins Field House

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

Set-up: The Tars make the short trip down I-4 to Lakeland for the 2018-19 regular season finale, visiting SSC Champion Florida Southern. Rollins can be either the six or seven seed depending on results from around the league, but is guaranteed a road game to start postseason play. Rollins is back in the tournament after missing out on a spot a year ago. After a win over Florida Tech on Wednesday, the Tars can roll into tournament play with a lot of positive momentum, adding an upset of Florida Southern. The Mocs already wrapped up the outright conference title with a two-game lead over Tampa and just one game yet to play. FSC was picked to win the title in the preseason and is currently ranked 19th in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll. Rollins will not only look to spoil the Mocs senior day, but possibly knock Southern out of the top spot in the NCAA South Region ranking and their chance to host regionals.

Tracking the Tars: Rollins picked up a much needed road win over Florida Tech on Wednesday and is riding high heading into its date with Florida Southern.  Denise Daniels led the way against Tech with 10 points. Tianna Rosser, Rachel Lia and Yari Martinez-Toro each scored eight as 10 different players cracked the scoring column. Carly McLendon leads the season box score with 9.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and an SSC-best 57 blocks. Martinez-Toro is getting 9.1 points a game while Daniels scores 7.5 a night. Rachel Jablonski is the top deep threat with 40 three-pointers. Rollins is seventh in the SSC in offense at 62.3 points a game and ranks fourth in defense, allowing just 59.5 a game. As has been the case all year long, the Tars are the best rebounding team in the league, beating teams on the glass by more than eight a night. Rollins is 3-6 on the road this season.  

Tracking the Moccasins: Florida Southern has the SSC title and tournament top seed, but is playing for hosting rights in the NCAA Tourament when the Tars come to town. The Mocs have won their last four, including a 76-55 thrashing of Saint Leo on Wednesday. Julie Jenike had 20 points and five rebounds for the Mocs while Anja Fuchs-Robetin scored 17. Camille Giardina tops the season box score with 19 points a game. Fuchs-Robetin is getting 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a night while Makenzie Steele scores 8.6 a game. The Mocs have the hightest scoring offense in the league at 77.5 points a game and ranks third in defense, allowing just 57 points a night.

Notes:

  • FSC leads the all-time series with Rollins 53-51 having won the last three meetings.
  • Rollins is 26-17 all-time in Lakeland.
  • FSC won the first match-up this season, beating Rollins 78-61 in Winter Park.
  • Rollins is 17th nationally in rebounding margin, beating teams by 8.2 a game.
  • Rollins is 17th in Division II in offensive rebounds per game.
  • Carly McLendon (RC) ranks 28th nationally in blocks per game (2.3) and 33rd in total blocks (57).
  • FSC is eighth nationally in scoring margin (+20.6).
  • FSC is fifth in team free throw percentage at 77 percent.
  • FSC is 15th in Division II in turnover margin (+5.8).
  • Carly McLendon (RC) is fourth in Sunshine State Conference history with 234 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 708-263 in his 33-year career.

Next up: Rollins waits other results around the league for its opponent and location of the Sunshine State Conference first round. Fans can watch all games live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and listen locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

 

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