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PREVIEW: Wilkes Seeks Win 700 at Florida Tech Classic

PREVIEW: Wilkes Seeks Win 700 at Florida Tech Classic

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-ups:
Friday, November 16, 2018 - Noon
Rollins (1-0) vs. Flagler (2-1)

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Rollins (1-0) vs. NYIT (2-1)

Where:
Melbourne, Fla. | Clemente Center

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com 

Set-up:
After a win to open the season a week ago, Rollins heads to Melbourne to face Flagler and NYIT at the Florida Tech Classic, Nov. 16-17. With a sweep, Tars head coach Glenn Wilkes, Jr. will record career victory No. 700. Rollins dispatched Webber International by 21 to get its season started on the right foot. Flagler is already three-games deep into the season, beating Lincoln Memorial and Georgia Southwestern at the Southeast Region Crossover, but falling to Sunshine State Conference foe Embry-Riddle earlier in the week. New York Tech also posted two wins to start the year and heads to Florida after a loss to Jefferson on Wednesday night. Florida Tech is on the other side of the schedule, meeting NYIT Friday morning and Flagler on Saturday.

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins' balanced attack had 12 different players score in a season-opening 79-58 win over Webber International. Carly McLendon tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks while Jaylyn Harrison added 12 points and five assists. The Tars dominated the glass, 56-30 on the night. Rollins shot 44 percent from the field and held the Warriors to 35 percent. Glenn Wilkes Jr. currently holds 698 wins, the fourth most in NCAA Division II history and 17th among all levels. He is the winningest coach in SSC history, 107 more than second-place John Reynolds of Florida Tech.

Tracking the Saints:
Flagler was picked fourth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason poll after coming off an 18-9 season a year ago. Keirra Crane leads the way with 18.3 points on the year, shooting 11-of-18 from long range. Tabitha Odabe is getting 13.7 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. Against ERAU, Odabe tallied 16 points and seven rebounds while Chris Wilson recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and eight steals. The Saints were outrebounded 44-36, but outshot the Eagles 42 percent-to-34 percent. Flagler trailed 50-38 heading into the fourth, but exploded for 21 points in the frame before falling short, 62-59. On the year, Flagler is scoring 73.7 a night and allowing 61.7.

Tracking the Bears:
Traveling to Melbourne from Long Island, New York after falling to Jefferson in Philadelphia Wednesday night, NYIT brings a 2-1 record to the Classic. The Bears will meet Florida Tech at 10 a.m. Friday in the event's opener. Against Jefferson, the Bears were held to just five fourth quarter points in the 76-57 loss. Corinn Baggs led the way with 13 points while Meg Knollmeyer tallied 10 points and 14 rebounds. Over three games, Knollmeyer leads the way with 14 points and 10.7 rebounds a night. Zoe Amalbert is getting 10.3 points a night and Baggs averages 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. NYIT was picked second in the East Coast Conference, behind LIU Post. The Bears went 19-12 last season.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Flagler 26-10, but they have met just three times in the last 10 years. The Tars beat the Saints 83-53 in their previous match-up, December 13, 2016. Rollins has won the last 25 in a row in the series.
  • Rollins is 2-0 all-time against New York Tech. The Tars beat the Bears 72-47 in November 1990 at NYIT and posted a 74-47 win in Winter Park in December 2009.
  • Carly McLendon leads the nation in blocks per game with 7.0.
  • Carly McLendon is second in the nation in field goal percentage (83 percent).
  • Carly McLendon needs 28 rebounds to crack the Tars top-20 in all-time rebounding (526).
  • Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 698-249 in his 33-year career. He is the 17th winningest active coach among all divisions and has the fourth-most wins in NCAA Division II.
    • 1 - 11/22/86 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic 123-86
    • 50 - 12/28/88 vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering 103-57... to pass Ginny Mack for second place all-time
    • 66 - 02/25/89 vs. Barry 112-89... Wilkes becomes Tars all-time leader in wins
    • 100 - 01/10/91 vs. Armstrong State 62-43
    • 150 - 01/08/94 vs. St. Francis 85-25
    • 200 - 02/14/96 vs. North Florida 70-56
    • 250 - 12/28/98 vs. Allentown College 88-60
    • 300 - 12/02/00 vs. Nova Southeastern 85-74
    • 350 - 12/02/02 vs. Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 59-40
    • 400 - 12/01/04 vs. Flagler 65-46
    • 450 - 12/13/06 vs. Webber International 70-47
    • 500 - 01/10/09 vs. Tampa 61-48
    • 550 - 01/29/11 vs. Nova Southeastern 80-79
    • 600 - 03/07/13 vs. Florida Tech 79-53
    • 650 - 03/13/15 vs. Eckerd 73-71

Next up:
Rollins next hosts the Tars Thanksgiving Tournament, November 23-24, 2018. The Tars meet Puerto Rico Mayaguez at 12 p.m. to open the tourney with Hillsdale playing University of Sciences at 2 p.m. The consolation game is set for 12 p.m. and championship 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.com.

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