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PREVIEW: Rollins Travels to Saint Leo Saturday

PREVIEW: Rollins Travels to Saint Leo Saturday

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (6-3, 3-0 SSC) at Saint Leo (6-5, 1-2 SSC) 

When:
Saturday, December 29, 2018 | 2 p.m. 

Where:
Saint Leo, Florida | Bowman Activities Center 

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

Set-up:
Tied atop the Sunshine State Conference standings, Rollins closes the calendar year Saturday afternoon at Saint Leo. The Tars and Florida Southern stand as the league's only unbeatens through the first two months of the season. Rollins has big home wins over preseason favorites Embry-Riddle and Lynn and a convincing road win at Palm Beach Atlantic in early December. The trip to Saint Leo will be the Tars second true-road game of the season. The Lions are one of three teams tied for seventh in the SSC standings. Their 1-2 record in league play includes a close overtime loss to Nova Southeastern. Saint Leo split games at the Lynn Holiday Classic before the break and is coming off a win over Shaw. Rollins is looking to bounce back after two-straight losses to Leo, including one that ended the Tars season a year ago.

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins is riding four-straight wins into Saint Leo, beating teams by an average of 26 points during the streak. The Tars thrashed Palm Beach Atlantic in their only other road game, 69-41 and then beat Trinity Christian at home 85-46 before the break. Everyone on the roster scored against Trinity, led by 10 points each from Denise Daniels, Yari Martinez-Toro and Vernisha Andrews. Rollins hauled in a season-high 57 rebounds in the game and held the Trolls to just 30 percent shooting. Carly McLendon leads the Tars on the season with 10 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, the second-best mark in the SSC. The senior's 30 blocks are most in the SSC. Daniels is getting 9.6 points and Martinez-Toro is scoring 8.6 points a night while leading the team with 27 assists. The Tars are averaging 66.6 points off offense and allowing 52.8 a game. Rollins leads the SSC and ranks sixth-nationally with a plus-12.2 rebounding margin while also sitting 15th in the country with 4.9 blocks a night. Rollins has eight players averaging five points or more a game.

Tracking the Lions:
Saint Leo has played all but five games at home this season when they welcome Rollins on Saturday. The Lions are ninth in the conference in scoring margin, scoring 61.6 points a game and allowing 61.7 a night. Their minus-1.8 rebounding margin is also ninth in the league. Casey Wortley leads the way with 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Her 20 blocks are second most in the conference, behind Rollins' McLendon. Gina Brierley is getting 9.8 points and SSC third-best 4.5 assists a game. Alani Gallagher is averaging 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Saint Leo 83-12. The Lions posted a season sweep over the Tars last year for the third time in the 42-year history. Saint Leo won 44-34 in Winter Park and 67-55 at Saint Leo.
  • Rollins is 34-3 all-time at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
  • Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC preseason poll; Saint Leo ninth.
  • Rollins is ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 52.8 points a game.
  • Rollins is 24th nationally in FG percentage defense with opponents shooting just 35 percent; The Tars are ninth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (25 percent).
  • Rollins is 15th in the country in blocks per game (4.9)
  • Carly McLendon is fifth in the nation and leads the SSC with 3.3 blocks per game.
  • Carly McLendon is Rollins all-time leading shot blocker with 208 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.
  • Saint Leo is 52nd in Division II in 3-pointers per game (7.8).
  • Saint Leo is 51st nationally with 3.9 blocks per game.
  • Casey Wortley is 42nd in the nation in blocks per game (1.8).
  • Rollins Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 703-252 in his 33-year career. He has the third-most wins among Division II coaches and fourth-most all-time.

Next up:
Rollins returns home for the new year, hosting Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, January 2 at 5:30 p.m. The Sharks are 2-1 in the Sunshine State Conference and meet Florida Southern on Dec. 29. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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