Squeaking sneakers and the sound of bouncing balls returned to the Alfond Sports Center Tuesday evening as Rollins women’s basketball held its first practice of the 2018-19 season.
With a trip to the Sunshine State Conference Tournament on the line, host Saint Leo defended home court and ended Rollins season Saturday, handing the Tars a 67-55 loss.
Rollins and Saint Leo meet Saturday night in a pseudo-playoff game with the winner grabbing a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament and the loser having its season end. They last met in December with the Lions handing the Tars a 44-34 loss in Winter Park. Rollins scored nine-points and shot a season-low 20 percent in the game. The Tars were idle on Wednesday and are coming off back-to-back tough games with Nova Southeastern and SSC runner-up Eckerd a week ago. Leo had a four-game winning streak stopped by EC Wednesday night. The Tars are 34-2 all-time at the Bowman Center.
Rollins didn’t have an answer for Eckerd’s stingy defense in the second half and took a 79-62 loss on senior day.
Rollins closes its 2017-18 home schedule Saturday, hosting Eckerd for senior day. The Tars are looking for a strong finish to the regular season, sitting tied for eighth in the Sunshine State Conference standings with two games left in the slate. The top eight teams at the end of the year get bids into the postseason and two wins would greatly bolster the Tars resume. With Florida Southern having already wrapped up the regular season title, Eckerd and Embry-Riddle are tied for second in the conference standings vying for the No. 2 seed in the tourney. The Tritons have won three in a row heading into Winter Park. EC has a road record of 5-4 on the season while Rollins is 10-4 at home. Head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. continues his quest for 700 wins, currently sitting at 697. The last time Rollins and Eckerd met was a back and forth overtime battle in St. Pete that went the Tritons way, 75-74.
Nova Southeastern ended the game on a 15-3 run and handed Rollins a 75-66 loss on the road Wednesday.