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PREVIEW: Tars Host Eagles in SSC Opener

PREVIEW: Tars Host Eagles in SSC Opener

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (2-3, 0-0 SSC) vs. No. 17/22 Embry-Riddle (5-0, 0-0 SSC)

When:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LISTEN: WPRK 91.5 FM – TuneIn (mobile)
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com

Set-up:
Rollins head coach Glenn Wilkes, Jr. goes for career win No. 700 Wednesday night when the Tars host 17th-ranked Embry-Riddle in the Sunshine State Conference opener. A 33-year veteran of the Rollins bench, Wilkes is looking to become just the fourth Division II women's basketball coach to reach the milestone. Rollins hopes to bounce back after a loss in the championship game of its own Thanksgiving Tournament, falling to 13th-ranked USciences by 12. The Tars are 2-3 on the year and looking to ride one of the league's top defenses into a positive start to the SSC schedule…Embry-Riddle jumped into 17th in the latest D2SIDA Media Poll and are a perfect 5-0 to start the year. The Eagles posted a 104-89 win over West Liberty their last time out and are second in the conference in offense with 80 points a game. ERAU finished tied for 4th in the SSC preseason poll while the Tars were seventh.

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins split a pair of games in the Tars Thanksgiving Tournament, beating Puerto Rico Mayaguez 76-48 before falling to 13th-ranked USciences 62-50. Colonial High School standouts Denise Daniels and Jaylyn Harrison led the Tars with 13 points each. Carly McLendon added nine points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. The Tars starters accounted for 46 of the Tars 50 points. McLendon leads the season boxscore with 10.4 points, eight rebounds and 4.8 blocks a game. She is fourth in the SSC in rebounding and leads the conference by 16 blocks over second place in the ranking. She is third in the nation in both blocks per game and total blocks. Harrison and Yari Martinez-Toro are both getting 8.2 points a game while Daniels scores seven points a game. Vernisha Andrews matches McLendon with eight rebounds a game to lead the team. The Tars are shooting 43 percent from the field and hold team to just 36 percent from the floor. Rollins is scoring 60.8 a game and allowing 56.8 while ranking second in the league in rebounding margin (+9.2).

Tracking the Eagles:
Embry-Riddle has cruised through its early season schedule, but will be playing away from home for just the second time when they visit Winter Park on Wednesday. ERAU hosted West Liberty on Saturday and won a shootout, 104-89. Nicole Tucker hung 38 points, shooting 13-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from long range. Lauren Ellenberger added 18 points and rebounds while Sarah Jones and Sigrid Sandstrom both netted 11. Tucker was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. The sophomore leads the Eagles and conference with 17.2 points a game, topping the SSC in field goal (58 percent) and free throw (93 percent) shooting. Jones is getting 14 points a game and Ellenberer posts 12.8 points and SSC-best 6.2 assists a night. ERAU is second in the league in scoring with 79.8 points a game while allowing 62.8 a night. They shoot 46-percent from the field and lead the conference with more than 10 three-pointers a night.  

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Embry-Riddle 4-2. They split games last season with both teams holding home court. The Eagles have never won in Winter Park.
  • Rollins is 24-13 all-time in Sunshine State Conference openers.
  • The three teams to beat Rollins this year are currently a combined 15-3.
  • As a team, Rollins ranks first in the nation in blocks per game with 6.8 swats a night.
  • Carly McLendon is third in the nation in blocks (24) and blocks per game (4.8).
  • Carly McLendon is Rollins all-time leading shot blocker with 202 for her career; she ranks fifth in Sunshine State Conference history. Tampa's Sheen Walton (396) and Jessie McDowell (298) lead the way. Nova Southeastern's Stephanie Sarosi (266) and UT's Crystal Allen (230) are ahead of McLendon.
  • ERAU is one of 38 undefeated teams left in Division II.
  • Lauren Ellenberger is 13th in the nation in assists per game (6.2).
  • Nicole Tucker is 19th in the nation in free throw percentage (94 percent).
  • Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 699-252 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
    • 699 – 11/23/18 vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 76-48

Next up:
Rollins hosts Lynn on Saturday, December 1st in its second SSC game of the season. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. against the Fighting Knights. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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