ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anja Fuchs-Robetin and Camille Giardina each scored 20 points as Florida Southern College women's basketball won its fourth-straight game in a 78-60 rout of Mount Olive on Friday at the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic.
The Moccasins (5-1) fell into an early hole and trailed at the half, but used a dominant third quarter to top the Spartans (1-4) in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Mocs will face Johnson C. Smith tomorrow to finish off their weekend in St. Petersburg.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Mount Olive struck first, scoring the first seven points of the game to put Florida Southern in an early hole. The Mocs were able to come back and tie things at 9-9 with 5:44 to go in the first quarter, but the Spartans never surrendered the lead and used an 8-0 run midway through the first period to turn an 11-11 draw into a 19-11 advantage. FSC closed the gap to just three (20-17) at the end of the quarter thanks to buckets by Fuchs-Robetin and Jensen Blassage in the final 30 seconds.
• The Moccasins took the lead for the first time when Giardina hit a layup with 6:47 left in the half to make it 21-20, but the Spartans answered with five-straight points to make it 25-21. Florida Southern led 32-30 with just over a minute to play, but Mount Olive scored the final two buckets of the half to grab a 34-32 lead at the break.
• In the third quarter, Florida Southern would outscore the Spartans 32-14. The Mocs started the half on a 7-0 run to jump in front 37-34 and would never trail again, grabbing their first double-digit lead (53-42) with 4:04 to play in the third quarter en route to a 64-48 advantage after three periods.
• The Mocs kept their foot on the gas in the fourth quarter, holding Mount Olive to just 12 points. Florida Southern shot 43.1 percent (31-of-72) from the floor while holding the Spartans to just 36.4 percent (20-of-55), but Mount Olive did go 18-of-19 at the free-throw line. FSC finished with a 41-40 edge in rebounds and forced UMO into 21 turnovers, which the Moccasins converted into 19 points. Florida Southern also outscored the Spartans 44-30 in the paint and 12-6 on the fast break.
• Fuchs-Robetin led all scorers with 23 points, her fourth-straight game with at least 20 points. Giardina added 21 to finish with at least 20 points for the third time this year. Blassage added 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists, and Jaddah Knight added seven points off the bench.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 1-0 all-time against Mount Olive in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
• Fuchs-Robetin went 10-of-15 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Knight had six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. Marta Aranda made her third-straight start for the Mocs and nailed her only shot of the day, a three-pointer.
• Blassage improved her career scoring total to 1020 to pass Allison Gerdeman (1992-96) and move into 20th in school history in career points. She needs 21 more to pass Kim Billeter (1986-90) for 19th in school history.
• Florida Southern caps off the weekend on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Johnson C. Smith. The Mocs are back in Sunshine State Conference play on Nov. 29 when they head back to St. Petersburg to take on Eckerd. Due to the NCAA South Region volleyball tournament on Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, the Mocs will not play at home against Nova Southeastern on Dec. 2. The game will be moved to NSU with a time and date to be determined.