FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Camille Giardina and Anja Fuchs-Robetin combined for 37 points as Florida Southern picked up a 68-44 win on the road at Nova Southeastern, handing the Sharks their first Sunshine State Conference loss of the season. The win improves the Moccasins to 7-2 overall and moves the team into a four-way tie for first place in the league at 3-1. The Sharks drop to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the SSC.
Giardina led Florida Southern with 21 points while Fuchs-Robetin pumped in 16. Both players had 14 points at the half, matching Nova Southeastern as the Moccasins took a 41-28 lead at intermission. The Moccasin defense forced the Sharks into 30 turnovers and held Nova Southeastern to just one field goal over the final 11:23 of the game, closing on a 15-2 run.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern scored the first five points of the first period and increased its lead to 9-2 at the 6:04 mark as Giardina netted six points for the visiting Moccasins.
- Nova Southeastern came back to pull within two at 9-7 on a three-point shot and stayed close at the start of the second period as Florida Southern held off the home-standing Sharks, 19-17, just 38 seconds into the stanza.
- Florida Southern eventually increased its lead to double digits, 32-21, at the 5:40 mark a pair of free throws by Jensen Blassage. The Moccasins closed out the first half on a 9-2 run after the Sharks cut the lead to six points and took a 41-28 lead at intermission.
- The two teams matched each other point-wise in the third period with both clubs putting up 14 points.
- The closest Nova Southeastern would get in the second half was an 11-point deficit, 53-42, with 1:23 left in the third period.
- The fourth quarter was all Moccasins, outscoring the Sharks 13-2. Five different players netted points for Florida Southern in the final stanza.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Nova Southeastern now holds a slim one-game advantage in the series, leading 19-18. Florida Southern has taken the last two games played in Ft. Lauderdale and is now 8-10 on the Sharks' home court. The two clubs have split their season series the last three years heading into the 2017-18 season.
- The win in the Moccasins' sixth in their last seven games.
- The Moccasins made their first 11 free throws in the first half and finished the first 20 minutes 13-of-14 from the charity stripe. For the game, the 71 percent shooting Moccasins were 19-of-22 from the free throw line.
- The 21 points by Giardina marks the fifth time she has had 20 or more points in a game this season, including three of her last four games. She now has 95 points in her last five games.
- Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina each netted 14 points to match Nova Southeastern team output in the first half. Fuchs-Robetin was 6-of-11 from the field in scoring her 16 points, netting double-figures for the ninth time in as many games this season.
- Blassage scored eight points for Florida Southern and had six assists on the night. The senior now has 1,058 points in her career and is now 17th on FSC's all-time scoring list, moving ahead of Melissa Brown, who scored 1,053 points from 1996 to 2001.
- Mercedez Claybrone also added eight points for the Moccasins and pulled down six rebounds. Johanna Ezra led FSC with seven boards
- Tonight's game was originally scheduled to be played in Lakeland, but with Florida Southern hosting the NCAA Division II South Region Volleyball Tournament, the pairing was moved to Ft. Lauderdale. The two teams will play in Lakeland on Jan. 20.
- Florida Southern returns home to face Embry-Riddle at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. The Moccasins close out the calendar year at home against Lewis on Dec. 16.