LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball put together one of its best all-around shooting performances of the season in a dominating 80-60 win over Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins on Saturday evening at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (12-3, 7-2 SSC) made a season-high 48.4 percent of their field-goal attempts and outscored the Tars (10-6, 5-5) 49-27 in the first half to cruise to their fifth-straight win.
Anja Fuchs-Robetin picked up her ninth double-double of the season, and three other players scored in double figures as the Mocs stayed atop the Sunshine State Conference standings and earned their 26th home win in the all-time series against Rollins.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern came out firing on all cylinders, scoring the first eight points of the game and holding Rollins scoreless for the first two and a half minutes of the first quarter to set the tone early. Mercedez Claybrone gave the Mocs their first double-digit lead of the game (15-4) when she connected on a layup with 4:41 to go in the opening period, and the Moccasins never saw their lead dip below five points the rest of the way.
• Rollins was able to cut the deficit to just five points (23-18) with 8:07 to play in the second half. The Tars used a 6-0 run to get back into the mix, but the Mocs responded with an 11-2 run to jump in front by 14 (34-20) and led by 22 points (49-27) at the break.
• The Mocs continued to pour it on in the second half and kept their double-digit buffer the entire time. Camille Giardina led Florida Southern with 21 points while shooting 7-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jensen Blassage added 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Fuchs-Robetin tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Claybrone ended the night with 12 points of her own.
• Florida Southern connected on 30-of-62 shots from the floor, including 6-of-13 from long range, and went 14-of-16 at the free-throw line. Rollins was limited to just 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the floor and went just 5-of-17 at the three-point line. The Mocs finished with a 37-30 edge in rebound and forced the Tars into 21 turnovers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 51-51 all-time against the Tars, including a 26-17 mark when facing Rollins at home. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak to the Tars and was the Mocs' fifth in the last seven meetings against Rollins.
• Fuchs-Robetin's double-double ties her with Michaela Hawley for the most since the 2011-12 season, when Hawley also had nine. Blassage improved her career scoring total to 1,141 and needs just 24 more to move into sole possession of 15th in school history.
• Giardina inched closer to 1,000 career points by upping her career total to 949. She needs 51 more to become the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 career points - a feat that Blassage accomplished earlier this year.
• The Mocs scored 25 points off turnovers and finished with a 32--16 edge in points in the paint. Florida Southern also finished with a 17-6 advantage on the fast break. Nine different players logged at least 10 minutes of playing time, with Elsa Landberg playing a team-high 18 minutes off the bench.
• Florida Southern heads to Tampa on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and is back home to take on Nova Southeastern at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. The contest against Nova Southeastern was originally scheduled to be played at home on Dec. 2 but was moved to NSU to accommodate the NCAA South Region volleyball tournament.