Rollins (14-12, 7-11 SSC) at Florida Tech (13-14, 9-10 SSC)
Wednesday, February 26 | 5:30 p.m.
Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla.
Complete Game Notes vs. Fla. Tech (.PDF)
Rollins at Eckerd (19-5, 15-3 SSC)
Saturday, February 29 | 2 p.m.
McArthur Center | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Set-up: Down to the final two games of the regular season, Rollins can play itself into the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, but will have to do so on the road. The Tars closed its home slate on Saturday with a win against Palm Beach Atlantic and is now looking at trips to Florida Tech and Eckerd in the final week of the season. Sitting in a tie for seventh in the SSC standings, Rollins can grab a spot in the postseason with a win in either game and possibly move to as high as the No. 5 seed with a sweep. The Tars beat FT by 12 at home earlier in the year and fell to Eckerd by eight. Both the Panthers and Tritons are locked into the SSC bracket heading into the final week and will be hosting Rollins on their senior nights.
Tracking the Tars: Rollins thumped PBA 69-50 on Saturday and got the help it needed from around the league to vault up two spots in the standings. Jaylyn Harrison continues to lead the Tars offense with 11.6 points per game. The senior has a team-best 61 three-pointers on the year and is also handing out 3.1 assists per game. Rachel Lia moved into the starting lineup 18 games ago and is the Tars second leading scorer at 8.8 points a night. Freshman Paris Sharpe is getting 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds a game with Denise Daniels putting up seven points and seven rebounds a game. The Tars are outrebounding teams by a league-best 10.2 boards a night. For the season, Rollins is scoring 64.2 points a game and allowing 60.2. The Tars are 2-6 on the road this season, all in SSC play.
Tracking the Panthers: Florida Tech is coming off a big three-point win over Nova Southeastern Saturday. November Morton is the top scorer at 11.4 points a game while Amanda Allen contributes 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds a night. Aniquah Swan is getting 9.9 points. Fanny Hakanson leads the SSC and is seventh in the nation with 5.9 assists a game; her 160 total is fourth most in Division II. The Panthers are scoring 64.3 a game, but allowing 66.3 a night. FT is 6-8 playing at home this season.
Tracking the Tritons: Eckerd will travel to Saint Leo before hosting the Tars in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon. The Tritons have won six in a row and are guaranteed a home games for the first two rounds of the SSC Tournament. Current conference Player of the Week Octavia Loll leads EC with 12.9 points a game. Zoe Richards is getting 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds a game while Eneritz Larranaga is scoring 10.7 a night. Eckerd is the nation's fourth-best shooting team at 49.1 percent from the field and leads the conference at 73.3 points a game. EC is third in the SSC in defense, allowing 60.4 points a game. The Tritons are 10-1 at home this season.
- Rollins leads the all-time series with Florida Tech 56-24 and has won the last three. The Tars are 20-14 all-time in Melbourne.
- Rollins won the earlier match-up with Florida Tech 61-49. Rachel Lia led the way for the Tars with 12 points and five rebounds. Aniquah Swan was the lone Panther to score in double figures, posting 12 points and six rebounds.
- Rollins has lost six in a row to Eckerd, but leads the all-time series 70-25. The Tars were turned back 74-66 in the first match-up. Jaylyn Harrison led Rollins with 19 points; Abby Whiteye and Milayla Kuehne both scored 15.
- Glenn Wilkes Jr (RC) in his 34th season is the third winningest active coach and fifth all-time in NCAA Division II with a record of 722-278. He has the 15th most wins among active coaches in all divisions
Next up: The Sunshine State Conference Tournament bracket will be released when all games are completed, the night of Saturday, February 29. Fans can follow the Tars all postseason long on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.