Rollins (4-3, 2-0 SSC) at Palm Beach Atlantic (1-4, 0-2 SSC)
Friday, December 7, 2018 | 4 p.m.
West Palm Beach, Fla. | Rubin Arena
Winners of two in a row, Rollins heads to West Palm Beach for its first true road game of the season, meeting Palm Beach Atlantic in Sunshine State Conference action Friday afternoon. The Tars knocked off league leaders Embry-Riddle and Lynn to open the conference slate and join Florida Southern and Eckerd atop the standings. A Tars win gives them positive momentum heading into the holidays with the next conference game nearly a full month away. PBA is searching for its first conference win of the year and is 1-4 overall. Their lone victory came over 23rd-ranked Valdosta State. Rollins is led by 33-year veteran head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr., who just eclipsed 700 victories, while the Sailfish are coached by first-year leader Manisha Redus.
Tracking the Tars:
After falling to 2-3 coming out of Thanksgiving, Rollins got hot and beat then nationally ranked Embry-Riddle and then undefeated Lynn in consecutive games. Against the Fighting Knights, the Tars dominated from start to finish, leading by 20 at the half and cruising to a 70-41 win. Carly McLendon was named the SSC's Player of the Week with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tars. Yari Martinez-Toro and Rachel Lia both scored 10. The Tars are seventh in the SSC in offense with 63.6 points a game, but are holding teams to a third-best 55.4 points a game. As has been the case the past few seasons, Rollins tops the conference in rebounding, beating teams by nearly nine boards a game. McLendon tops the Tars season boxscore with 12 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks a game. Martinez-Toro is getting nine points a night while Denise Daniels scores 7.7 points a game. Nine players are averaging four or more points a game this season.
Tracking the Sailfish:
Palm Beach Atlantic comes into the game on a three-game skid, having lost to Saint Leo 50-45 their last time out. The Sailfish led going into the fourth quarter but could only muster eight points in the final frame. Jonika Garvin led the way with 14 points while Ciara Cumbie tallied eight points and 11 rebounds. Garvin leads the season stats with 13.8 points and six rebounds a game. Cumbie is scoring 9.4 points a night while Aniyah Ross nets 7.2 a game. The Sailfish are at the bottom of the conference in scoring at 52.8 points a game and are eighth in defense, allowing 61.2 a night. The most they have allowed is 73 on the year and held two opponents in the 50s. Teams are shooting just 34 percent against the PBA defense. PBA shoots 33 percent from the field and is yet to crack 60 points this season.
- Rollins is 24-2 all-time against Palm Beach Atlantic since the first meeting in 1998.
- PBA and Rollins split games last year, each holding home court. PBA won 69-61 in West Palm Beach and Rollins won 57-52 in Winter Park.
- Rollins is 10-1 all-time in West Palm Beach.
- As a team, Rollins ranks ninth in the nation in blocks per game (5.3) and 17th in total blocks (37).
- Rollins three-point field goal percentage defense is 16th best in the nation (24 percent).
- At +8.6, Rollin is 30th in the nation in rebound margin.
- Carly McLendon was named the SSC Player of the Week for the 11th time, the previous 10 times were Defensive Player of the Week.
- Carly McLendon is fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 69 percent from the field.
- Carly McLendon is eighth in the country with 25 total blocks.
- Rachel Lia is 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.5.
- 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.
- Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 701-252 in his 33-year career.
Rollins is off for finals week before closing the 2018 calendar at home against Trinity Christian on Monday, December 17 at 6 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.