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PREVIEW: Tars Visit the Shark Tank Wednesday

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MATCH-UP:
Rollins (12-11, 7-10 SSC) at Nova Southeastern (10-12, 6-10 SSC)

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Rick Case Arena

COVERAGE:
VIDEO: SSC Digital Network– SunshineStateConference.tv
AUDIO: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSports.com
LIVESTATS: NSUSharks.com

SET-UP:
Rollins and Nova Southeastern meet Wednesday in Ft. Lauderdale with both teams looking to solidify a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The Tars are in a two-way tie for sixth place while the Sharks are in a tie for eighth with the top-eight teams at the end of the regular season getting invitations into the postseason. Rollins is coming off a home win against Palm Beach Atlantic while NSU has dropped its last two, both on the road. The Tars are 2-7 away from Winter Park this season; the Sharks are 8-4 inside Rick Case Arena. Glenn Wilkes Jr. needs just three more victories to reach 700 for his career, currently sitting with a mark of 697-246.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins snapped its three-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon, handling Palm Beach Atlantic 57-52. Both defenses were on lockdown with Rollins shooting 35 percent and the 'Fish 32 percent. Julia Ingler was the lone Tar to score in double figures, netting 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Vernisha Andrews and Jo Bistrow both scored eight with Andrews also pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds. Ingler leads the Tars on the season with 13.4 points a game. She is second in the SSC in three-point shooting, hitting 37 percent (56-151) from beyond the arc. Denise Daniels is scoring 9.7 points a game while grabbing 5.7 rebounds a night. Jaylyn Harrison is getting 8.3 points and three assists a night. Carly McLendon leads the team with eight rebounds a game and ranks 18th in the nation with 64 blocks. Rollins is sixth in the conference in offense with 65.9 points a game and seventh in defense, holding teams to 63.3 a night.

TRACKING THE SHARKS:   
NSU had broken a four-game skid with a win over SSC frontrunner Embry-Riddle, but has since lost to Saint Leo and Eckerd its last two times out. They were thumped by EC on Saturday, 79-47. Mikayla Thompson and Hailey Conley both scored 10 to lead the Sharks. Kayla Wright (16.1 ppg) and Christen Prasse (12.5 ppg) are the top scorers for the Sharks, but have been limited due to injury this season. Alison Hughes is putting up 12.1 points a game to go along with 2.6 rebounds. Cheray Saunders chips in 9.2 points a night. A total of 15 players had seen significant action for the Sharks this season. NSU is fifth in the SSC with 66 points a game while ranking 10th in defense, allowing 67.8 a contest.   

NOTES:

• Earlier this season on Jan. 6, Rollins defeated Nova Southeastern, 72-66. With 19 and 17 points, respectively, both Jaylyn Harrison and Jo Bistrow had season-high totals in that category. Carly McLendon and Vernisha Andrews led things defensively, as McLendon had 13 rebounds (10 defensive) and three blocks and Andrews had 10 rebounds (seven defensive) and two steals.

•  Last season, Rollins and Nova Southeastern split their season series with each team protecting their home court. On Jan. 11, the Sharks won the first meeting, 62-48, before the Tars won the matchup on Feb. 8, 63-59.

• Rollins is 24-14 (.632) all-time against Palm Beach Atlantic.

• Rollins is 810-418 (.660) since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.

•  In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 697-246 (.739).

Julia Ingler ranked 16th in program history for career points scored with 1,171 points. She trails 15th ranked Jenifer Gossett (1,177 pts) by six points, 14th ranked Ellen O'Day (1,180 pts) by nine points, 13th ranked Jennifer Musgrove (1,191 pts) by 20 points and 12th ranked Cindy Blocker (1,199 pts) by 28 points.

• Ingler ranks first in program history for both three-pointers made (219) and three-pointers attempted (607). The senior guard ranks 14th all-time in 3FG percentage (36.1%).

•  Carly McLendon ranks first in program history in both career blocked shots (172) and blocks per game (2.1) swats a game. This season in particular, McLendon, a junior, ranks 17th in total blocked shots (64) and 16th in blocks per game (2.78) among all Division II women.

• McLendon is ranked eighth in program history for FG percentage (52.5%).

•  Jasmine Stone is ranked 15th in program history for three-pointers made with 92. She trails 14th ranked Sarah Taylor (108) by 16 long-range makes. Additionally, Stone has taken the 14th most three-pointers in program history with 311 attempted thus far. She trails 13th ranked Larissa McDonough (312) by one attempts.

• Rollins has the 14th fewest turnovers in the country with 291. Through 23 games, that number equates to 12.7 turnovers per game, which is the 16th least in the country.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
The Tars return home for the final time this season on Saturday, February 17, hosting Eckerd at 2 p.m. The regular season closes on Saturday, February 24 at Saint Leo for a 5:30 p.m. contest. All games can be found on the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv and the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.       

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