Rollins (8-3, 3-2 SSC) vs. No. 24 Eckerd (10-2, 4-1 SSC)
Saturday, December 30, 2017 – 2 p.m.
McArthur Center – St. Petersburg, Florida
Rollins comes back from a 12-day holiday break to face 24th-ranked Eckerd on the road Saturday in Sunshine State Conference play. The Tars are looking to close a tough December on a high note, dropping three of four games at the beginning of the month. Rollins is in a group of three schools tied for fourth in the SSC standings, a game back of the leaders. The Tars were 7-4 at the same point last season and ended the year third in the SSC before posting an incredible run to the NCAA Sweet 16. Eckerd is the team everyone is chasing at 4-1 in league play and recently ranked No. 24 in the D2SIDA national media ranking. The Tritons lost their SSC opener to Tampa and have since rolled off four convincing wins in conference. Eckerd will be hosting its 10th home game of the year while the Tars are playing just a second true road game this season.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Ranked in the nation's top-five and unbeaten, the Tars lost a tough road game at Barry and then dropped a rare home game to Saint Leo the following week at the beginning of December. After a win over Miles, the Tars lost to Albany State 75-66 and stumbled into the holiday break. Senior Julia Ingler led the way with 23 points against ASU and became the 22nd player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points. Denise Daniels recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Carly McLendon tallied two blocks and became the Tars all-time leader with 142 career rejections. Ingler (12.6 ppg) and Daniels (12.4 ppg) both top the Tars season box score with just over 12 points a game. Ingler is sixth in the SSC in three-point shooting, knocking down 27-of-69 (39 percent) from beyond the arc. She needs four triples to become the Tars all-time leader in made three-pointers. Daniels adds 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. McLendon is scoring 9.5 points a game and is second in the conference with 9.3 rebounds a night. Her 34 blocks are the sixth most in Division II and 3.1 swats per game ranks seventh best in the nation. Jasmine Stone averages 9.1 points a game while Jaylyn Harrison is handing out a team-best 3.5 assists a night. Rollins is scoring 71.5 points a game and allowing 59.3 a game while sitting second in the conference at a plus-8.5 rebounding margin.
TRACKING THE TRITONS:
Eckerd has won eight of its last nine heading into the match-up with the Tars and is alone atop the SSC standings at 4-1. EC's only blemish in the league was a 48-44 setback to Tampa in early November. They had a seven-game winning streak stopped by Lewis, but bounced back with a 73-54 win over Albany State before the break. Yarden Danan led the way with 23 points behind a 5-of-9 night beyond the arc. Kacie Juday added 14 points and 13 rebounds while Zoe Richards chipped in 12 points. The Tritons jumped out to a 39-17 lead at the half and never looked back. Juday is ninth in the conference and leads EC with 14 points a game and fourth with 8.8 rebounds a night. She is 12th in the nation in free throws attempted (85) and 14th in free throws made (60). Danan is getting 10.9 points a game and is 24-of-63 from beyond the arc on the season. Chelsea Johnson adds 8.7 points a game and Ada Yalcin hands out 4.3 assists a game. Eckerd leads the conference in scoring margin, scoring 71.5 points a game and allowing a conference second-best 58.1 (+13.4) a game.
- Rollins is 70-19 all-time against Eckerd, including a 28-9 mark in St. Petersburg. The Tars went 3-1 at the McArthur Center last season, winning once in the regular season and twice in the NCAA Tournament.
- Rollins went 3-1 vs. Eckerd last season.
- Last season, Rollins was 7-4 at the same point in the year.
- Rollins WBB has a record of 806-410 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
- In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 693-238.
- Julia Ingler (1,001 career points) has 190 career three-pointers and needs four more to tie legend Jill Razor for the most in program history.
- Carly McLendon's 142 career blocks (and counting) are the most in program history.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
The match-up with Eckerd starts the Wednesday-Saturday grind of the Sunshine State Conference schedule for the Tars. They next head to Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday, January 3 before hosting Nova Southeastern on Saturday, January 6. All games can be found on the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv and the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.