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PREVIEW: Rollins Set to Host 2017 Thanksgiving Classic

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Friday, November 24
12 p.m.  - No. 7/5 Rollins vs. Talladega
2 p.m. – Florida Tech vs. No. 20/RV Caldwell 

Saturday, November 25
12 p.m. – Florida Tech vs. Talladega
2 p.m. - No. 7/5 Rollins vs. No. 20/RV Caldwell

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

VIDEO/AUDIO: Tars Sports Network –
Rollins Games: Play-by-Play: Robert Segal, Color: Victor Anderson
Neutral Site Games: Play-by-Play: Casey Wright

Riding a 4-0 start to the season and ranked top-10 in both major Division II national polls, Rollins hosts its annual Tars Thanksgiving Classic Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25. The Tars face a 7-3 Talladega College to start the event at Noon Friday. The Lady Tornadoes are ranked No. 25 in NAIA behind a six-game winning streak to start the year. Rollins, ranking No. 7 in the WBCA Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the D2SIDA Media Poll, will then face 20th-ranked Caldwell at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season a year ago and were the four-seed in the NCAA East Region Championship. This season Caldwell is 4-0 and picked to repeat as CACC Champions. Rollins' Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Tech will play the mirror schedule of Rollins, taking on Caldwell Friday and meeting Talladega on Saturday. All games of the event will be broadcast on the Tars Sports Network at and SSC Digital Network at

Rollins heads into the Thanksgiving Classic coming off a 62-54 win over St. Thomas to start the week. Senior guards Jasmine Stone and Julia Ingler led the way for the Tars, each scoring 12 points. Denise Daniels netted 11 while Carly McLendon, the reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Week, totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Daniels tops four Tars averaging in double-figures scoring this season, putting up 11 a game. Ingler, McLendon and Jaylyn Harrison are each averaging 10.8 points a game. McLendon is also pulling down 9.8 rebounds a night and ranks ninth in the nation with three blocks a night. Harrison leads the Tars and is second in the SSC with 4.5 assists a game. Rollins has seen a different leading scorer in each of its first four games this season. The Tars offense is putting up 79.5 points a game while holding teams to just 55 points a game. Rollins is also plus-9.5 in rebounding, the 34th best mark in Division II.

Talladega comes to Winter Park having played more than twice as many games as either of its opponents. The Tornadoes won their first five in convincing fashion before stumbles against Point University, NAIA No. 6 Campbellsville and NAIA No. 22 Cumberland. TC's last time out was a 77-57 win over Coastal Georgia. Deshanna Cook was the top scorer with 16 points while Carla Clemmons added 11 points and eight rebounds. Carla Clemmons leads the way this season, putting up 14.7 points and hauling in 6.5 rebounds a game. Deshanna Cook is getting 11.8 points a night behind a 21-of-59 mark beyond the arc. Sydnee Clark scored 8.6 points a game and Courtnee Williams is averaging 8.2 points a game. Talladega is scoring 74.9 points a game and allowing opponents just 63.7 a night. They are also one of the top teams in the NAIA on the glass, outrebounding opponents by six a game.

Caldwell visits Rollins from Caldwell, New Jersey and brings a 4-0 record to the Sunshine State. The defending champions of the CACC started the season with an 81-64 exhibition win over Division I NJIT in early November. They continued their winning ways into the regular season and are coming off a 64-48 win over Molloy on Tuesday. Kristen Siscamanis and Tina Lebron each scored 14 to lead the Cougars while Kristen Droglser and Sharell Sanders both netted 13. Drogsler is the top scorer on the season, netting 17.3 points a game while also averaging 4.8 assists. Sanders is scoring 13 points a night while Katie O'Driscoll 9.5 points. Siscamanis is the top rebounder at 5.8 a game. Caldwell ranks ninth in Division II in turnovers per game, averaging just 11.5 miscues a night.


  • Rollins has never met Talladega or Caldwell in women's basketball
  • Rollins is ranked No. 7 in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the D2SIDA Media Poll
  • Caldwell received votes in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll and is No. 20 in the D2SIDA Media Poll.
  • Talladega is ranked No. 25 in the NAIA Division I National Poll.
  • Rollins is 803-407 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
  • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 689-235 in 32 seasons as the Tars head coach.
  • Julia Ingler's 172 made three-pointers is third in program history – seven behind Shannon Pranger for second place. She is chasing Tars legend Jill Razor with 194 career three-pointers. Ingler also has 905 career points.
  • Carly McLendon has 120 career blocks, ranking fifth in Tars history. She is one away from fourth place Ellen O'Day and seven back of third place Emmalee Schill. 

Rollins gets back into Sunshine State Conference play to end the first month of the season, hosting Embry-Riddle at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29. They then make the trip to Miami Shores to face Barry on Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at     

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