ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball hit an offensive skid in the middle two quarters and was unable to rally back in a 77-69 loss at Eckerd on Wednesday in Sunshine State Conference action. The Moccasins (6-2, 2-1 SSC) led by six points after the first quarter, but the Tritons (6-1, 2-1) outscored Florida Southern 41-26 in the second and third quarters combined to top the Mocs for the second-straight meeting.
Anja Fuchs-Robetin scored 21 points and three other Moccasins scored in double figures, but Florida Southern shot just 25.0 percent (5-of-20) in the second and third quarters combined and Eckerd took full advantage en route to the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern trailed from the outset of the game but used a 9-0 run midway through the first period to turn an 8-5 deficit into a 14-8 lead. The Mocs were able to maintain their six-point margin until the end of the quarter and led 18-12 at the break.
• The Mocs led by as many as eight points (20-12) to start the second quarter, but the Tritons a 12-3 run to jump back in front (24-23) with 4:44 to go in the first half. Jensen Blassage nailed a jumper to put Florida Southern back in front by one (25-24) on the ensuing possession, but Eckerd limited the Moccasins to just six points the rest of the half and scored 10 of their own to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room.
• The Tritons struck first in the second half to extend their lead to 36-31, but the Mocs battled back to pull within two points (38-36) on Marta Aranda's free throw with 7:47 to play in the third. However, Florida Southern would be outscored 15-8 over the remainder of the period and found itself behind by nine (53-44) heading into the fourth.
• Eckerd grabbed its first double-digit lead of the game (55-44) with 8:16 to play, and the Moccasins would never get closer than six points the rest of the way as the Tritons snagged the victory. Fuchs-Robetin led all players in scoring while going 11-of-12 at the free-throw line and pulling down four rebounds. Blassage added 17 points while Camille Giardina (14) and Jirah Ards (11) also scored in double figures. Aranda snagged five steals and Johanna Ezra led the Mocs with five rebounds.
• The Moccasins went 17-of-51 (33.3 percent) from the floor, including 8-of-20 from beyond the arc, and hit 27-of-35 free throw attempts. Eckerd connected on 52.2 percent (24-of-46) of its shots, hit 5-of-12 from deep, and went 24-of-29 at the charity stripe. The Tritons outrebounded the Mocs 40-22.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 72-15 all-time against Eckerd, including 32-9 when facing the Tritons on the road. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Mocs and gave the Tritons their second-straight victory against FSC.
• The Moccasins outscored Eckerd 25-6 in points off turnovers, thanks to 19 turnovers by the Tritons. Eckerd was able to use its rebounding advantage to outscore Florida Southern 32-16 in the paint. The Tritons also got 21 points from their bench, compared to 12 for the Mocs.
• Jensen Blassage improved her career scoring total to 1,050 to move into 19th place in school history in career points. In eight career contests against Eckerd, Blassage has scored 103 points (12.9 ppg) and pulled down 39 rebounds (4.9 rpg).
• Florida Southern heads to Nova Southeastern for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday and returns home to face Embry-Riddle at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. The Moccasins close out the calendar year at home against Lewis on Dec. 16.