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PREVIEW: Rollins Hosts Tech in SSC Opener Wednesday

Julia Ingler
Julia Ingler

No. 9/17 Rollins (1-0, 0-0 SSC) vs. Florida Tech (0-0, 0-0 SSC)

Warden Arena inside the Alfond Sports Center – Winter Park, Fla. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

VIDEO: Tars Sports Network at
Play-by-Play: Robert Segal, Color: Victor Anderson

For the first time since Florida Tech upset Rollins in the opening game of last season's Sunshine State Conference Tournament, the Tars will get a shot at the Panthers in both schools 2017-18 SSC lid-lifter. Rollins is 1-0 on the year, beating Thomas by 50 on Saturday in its first game. Florida Tech has played two exhibitions and will officially start its season against the Tars. Rollins was picked to win the SSC title in the preseason poll while Tech checked in at No. 7. The game features the two longest tenured coaches in the league with Rollins' Glenn Wilkes Jr. starting his 32nd year and Florida Tech's John Reynolds in his 30th

After flexing its offensive muscles in three preseason exhibitions, Rollins kept its foot on the gas in the season opener, running past Thomas University 94-44 on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at Florida Tech as part of the FIT Veterans' Day Classic. Denise Daniels posted 15 points to lead the Tars, shooting 7-of-8 from the field to now lead the nation in shooting percentage (87.5 percent). Jaylyn Harrison tallied 13 points and four assists while Julia Ingler scored 12 off the bench. Reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Year Carly McLendon racked up four blocks and is third nationally in rejections. The Tars shot 56.1 percent in the game and outrebounded the Night Hawks 38-21. As a team, Rollins is seventh in Division II in scoring defense and sixth in the country in scoring offense. Rollins is ranked No. 17 in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the D2SIDA Media Poll.

The meeting with Rollins will be Florida Tech's first official game of the season after facing the Costa Rica National Team and Florida Memorial in the preseason. FIT beat Costa Rica 84-42 (Rollins beat the same team 70-48) and disposed of FMU 61-47 on Friday. DeLise Williams led the way against Florida Memorial, posting 13 points. Tanease Richardson posted nine points and six rebounds. A total of 10 different players scored for Tech. Their defense held the Lions to just 12-of-42 from the field and forced 26 turnovers. The Panthers went 15-14 last year and won five of their last six before falling to Eckerd in the SSC Tournament Championship game to end their season. 


  • Rollins is 52-23 all-time against its rivals from Melbourne since their first meeting in 1987.
  • In their most recent match-up, Florida Tech beat Rollins 73-70 in the first round of the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Tournament.
  • Rollins is 22-15 all-time in Sunshine State Conference season openers; the SSC began sponsoring women's basketball in the 1981-81 season.
  • Rollins has opened SSC play with Florida Tech seven other times and is 4-3 in those games.
  • Rollins is 800-407 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
  • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 686-235 in 32 seasons as the Tars head coach.

Rollins continues Sunshine State Conference play on Saturday, November 18 traveling to Boca Raton to face Lynn University. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. in Boca Raton. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network and new Sunshine State Conference Digital Network at    

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