WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 10, 2019) – Entering his 34th season at the helm of Rollins women's basketball, head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. has set the Tars 2019-20 schedule.
Rollins will face a difficult slate that features 10 match-ups with NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. The Sunshine State Conference is at its deepest in recent history with two teams in the preseason national rankings.
Rollins was 12-16 a year ago and made a run into the postseason, upsetting second-seed Tampa in the SSC Tournament quarterfinals. The Tars graduated just two, but both Vernisha Andrews and Carly McLendon leave big shoes to fill. The duo, now both playing professionally in Europe, combined to play 221 games over the last four years and were the top defensive players in the SSC during their careers. Andrews led the team in steals last season and McLendon is the top shot blocker in program history.
With four seniors and three juniors leading the way, Rollins opens the season with exhibition tune-ups against Indian River State College (Oct. 25) at home and Daytona State College (Oct. 28) on the road.
Highlighting the early season slate for the Tars is a trip to Puerto Rico to face P.R.-Rio Piedras (Nov. 8) and P.R.-Bayamon (Nov. 9). The two games will be the first time Rollins has played regular season action outside the lower-48.
The second week of the season is a trip to Melbourne for the Florida Tech Tip-off. Rollins faces Clayton State (Nov. 15), an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, and has a second match-up with P.R.-Bayamon (Nov. 16).
The Tars home opener is slated for Nov. 19 against P.R.-Mayaguez and starts a busy week that also has home games with New York Tech (Nov. 22) and P.R.-Mayaguez again on Nov. 24. NYIT qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year and is one of the top teams in the East Coast Conference.
Conference play begins in December as the Tars host Embry-Riddle (Dec. 4) and travel to both Tampa (Dec. 7) and Nova Southeastern (Dec. 14). Tampa made it into the second round of the NCAA Tournament and NSU advanced to the Elite Eight last season, finishing the year ranked No. 16 in the WBCA Coaches Poll.
A final nonconference game is set for Dec. 16 as the Tars host Warner, coached by Rollins Sports Hall of Famer Nikki Jessee.
Rollins hosts Saint Leo (Jan. 2) to start 2020 and visits Barry on Jan. 4. SSC rival Florida Southern comes to Winter Park on Jan. 8. The Mocs were ranked No. 20 in the final national poll last season and advanced to the Sweet 16. Rollins then heads to South Florida for dates at Palm Beach Atlantic (Jan. 11) and Lynn (Jan. 15). The Tars are back home against Eckerd (Jan. 18) and Florida Tech (Jan. 22) to close the first half of the conference schedule.
After a trip up I-4 to Embry-Riddle (Jan. 29), Rollins hosts Tampa (Feb. 1) and Nova Southeastern (Feb. 5), followed by trips to Saint Leo (Jan. 8) and Florida Southern (Jan. 12).
A visit from Barry (Feb. 15) starts the final homestand of the season as Lynn (Feb. 19) and Palm Beach Atlantic (Feb. 22) play the final regular season games at Warden Arena. The Tars finish the season with trips to Florida Tech (Feb. 26) and Eckerd (Feb. 29).
The Sunshine State Conference Tournament runs March 3-8 with top seeds hosting each round. The NCAA South Region will be on the top seed's campus March 13-16 and the Elite Eight is set for March 24-27 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Fans can watch the Tars all season long at RollinsSportsLive.com with broadcasts produced in partnership with Full Sail University's Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting and Simple Thought Productions. Rollins basketball will also be live over the airwaves at 91.5 FM WPRK.