TAMPA, FL - Anja Fuchs-Robetin put together another dominant effort, and Florida Southern College women's basketball overcame a cold-shooting first quarter to pick up a 57-44 win at Sunshine State Conference rival Tampa on Wednesday at the Bob Martinez Center. The Moccasins (13-3, 8-2 SSC) pushed their win streak to six-straight games, while the Spartans (12-5, 5-5) dropped their third in a row.
Florida Southern was able to bounce back from a horrific first quarter in which it went 0-of-15 from the floor thanks to an 11-of-17 effort in the second quarter, which helped propel the Mocs to a 34-19 halftime lead. The Moccasins return home on Saturday to take on Nova Southeastern at 5:30 p.m. at Jenkins Field House.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern started off poorly as it failed to hit a field goal in the first quarter. However, the Mocs shot 8-of-8 at the free-throw line and held the Spartans to just 4-of-15 from the floor to stay in the contest. The Mocs also took care of the ball in the first quarter, committing just two turnovers to help limit the damage.
• The second quarter was the difference in the game as the Moccasins connected on 64.7 percent of their shots. After falling behind 15-11 with 7:01 to go in the first half, Florida Southern went on a 7-0 run to take an 18-15 lead and never trailed again. Tampa was able to get within one point (20-19) with four minutes left, but the Mocs closed out the half on a 14-0 run to take a 15 point lead into the locker room.
• Tampa started off the second half with a 6-0 run of its own to get within nine points (34-25) in the first two minutes of the second half. Florida Southern answered with an 8-3 run to push its lead to 42-28 when Mercedez Claybrone hit a layup with 4:38 to go in the third. Jensen Blassage hit a layup in the closing seconds of the quarter to give the Mocs a 46-36 lead after three periods of play.
• Florida Southern's lead never dipped below nine points in the fourth quarter as the Spartans were limited to just eight points on 2-of-11 shooting. The Mocs also hit all six of their free-throw attempts in the fourth to seal the deal.
• Fuchs-Robetin finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds and went 8-of-15 from the floor. Blassage tallied 11 points and dished out five assists, while Mercedez Claybrone scored nine points and grabbed seven boards. Jirah Ards had eight points and added five rebounds. The Mocs shot just 34.6 percent (18-of-52) from the floor, but hit 18-of-20 free-throw attempts and limited the Spartans to a measly 17-of-50 from the floor.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 61-35 all-time against the Spartans, including 26-18 when playing in Tampa. The Mocs also grabbed their sixth-straight win, the longest winning streak since tallying seven in a row.
• Fuchs-Robetin's double-double was her 10th of the season, the most since Emma Cannon finished with 23 in 2010-11. She has scored in double figure in each game this season, including seven 20-point performances.
• Blassage finished in double figure for the 12th time this season, including each of the last five games. She has now scored 1,152 career points, and needs 13 more to move into sole possession of 15th place in school history. Camille Giardina scored two points to up her career total to 951 points, and needs 49 more to become the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 career points.
• Florida Southern hosts Nova Southeastern at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday before taking on Saint Leo in Lakeland on Jan. 24. The Mocs close out the month with a road contest at Palm Beach Atlantic (Jan. 27) and a home game against Eckerd (Jan. 31).