MIAMI SHORES, FL - Jensen Blassage and Camille Giardina combined for 43 points, 27 of which came in the second half, as Florida Southern College women's basketball picked up its fourth-straight victory with a 78-66 win over Barry in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday night. The Moccasins (11-3, 6-2 SSC) also used free throws to their advantage, outscoring the Buccaneers (12-4, 5-3) by a 24-4 mark at the charity stripe.
The second quarter proved to be the big difference in the contest, as the Mocs outscored the Bucs 23-16 in the second period of play to take a 10-point lead (40-30) into the locker room at halftime.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern looked as if it might be in trouble early as the Bucs scored the game's first five points and raced out to an 11-2 lead in the first five minute of action. However, the Mocs rallied with an 11-0 run to get in front by two (13-11) with 2:18 to go in the opening period. Barry jumped back on top (14-13) when it hit a three-pointer at the 1:41 mark, but the Moccasins scored the final four points of the period to grab a 17-14 lead.
• The second quarter proved to be the boost that the Mocs needed to swing momentum in their favor. Florida Southern used a 13-2 run early in the second quarter to turn a 19-16 advantage into a sizeable 32-18 lead. The Bucs were able to cut the deficit to single digits several times in the closing moments of the half, but Blassage hit a pair of free throws late in the quarter to give the Mocs a 40-30 lead at the half.
• The Moccasins would stay in front for the entirety of the second half but had to survive one last charge by the Buccaneers, who were able to trim FSC's lead to just five points (64-59) with 5:41 to play. It was all the closer the Bucs would get, as Florida Southern closed out the game in a 14-7 run to top Barry for the third-straight time.
• Blassage scored a game-high 22 points on 5-of-8 from the floor and connected on all 12 of her free-throw attempts. Giardina's 21 points came on 7-of-17 shooting and a 6-of-8 effort at the charity stripe. Anja Fuchs-Robetin notched yet another double-double, her eighth of the season, with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jirah Ards tallied 10 points.
• Florida Southern shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the floor and hit 24-of-31 free-throw attempts. The Mocs also outrebounded the Bucs by a 37-33 tally. Barry hit 44.6 percent (25-of-56) of its shots, including 12 three-pointers, but went just 4-of-11 at the charity stripe.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern moved to 47-17 all-time against the Bucs, including a 19-11 mark when facing Barry on the road. The Moccasins improved to 5-2 on the road this season and took sole possession of first place in the SSC standings.
• Fuchs-Robetin's double-double gives her eight this year. It is the most double-doubles by any player in a single season since Michaela Hawley posted nine double-doubles during the 2010-11 season.
• Blassage improved her career scoring total to 1,122 and needs 43 to move into sole possession of 15th place in school history in career scoring. Giardina increased her career scoring total to 928 and is just 72 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in program history with 1,000 career points.
• Florida Southern faces longtime rival Rollins on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Jenkins Field House. The Mocs are 51-45 all-time against the Tars, including a 27-13 mark when facing Rollins at home.