MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 7, 2019) – A day after leading Rollins to an upset of Tampa in the Sunshine State Conference tournament, senior Carly McLendon was named the SSC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Sanford, Florida native was also named the conference's top defender as a sophomore in 2017, becoming the SSC's only two-time winner.
This season McLendon led the SSC with 63 blocked shots, 23 more than the player in second place. She also averaged an SSC fourth-best 8.5 rebounds a game.
McLendon tallied a career-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds against Lynn, one of her eight double-doubles on the season. She had a huge game at Barry, tallying 16 points and 16 rebounds against the Bucs.
McLendon recorded a season-high seven blocks twice in games against Webber and New York Tech and seven times had four or more blocks in a game.
Still looking to add to the total with a deep run in the SSC Tournament, McLendon is the Tars all-time leading shot blocker with 241 career blocks. She has the fourth most blocks in SSC history and needs 16 more to take over third place. McLendon is also sixth on the Tars all-time record book with 749 rebounds for her career.
McLendon is the only repeat winner of the award in SSC history and joins Emmalee Schill and Paris Moore as Tars previously named SSC Defensive Player of the Year.
McLendon will look to continue the Tars season on Saturday, March 9 in the SSC Tournament semifinals against Eckerd. The Tars and Tritons are set to tip off at 2:30 p.m. at Nova Southeastern's University Center. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.