LAKELAND, FL - Camille Giardina's three-pointer with 8:38 left to play made her the 22nd player in program history to top 1,000 career points as Florida Southern College women's basketball grabbed its eighth-straight victory with a 68-52 win over Saint Leo on Wednesday at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (15-3, 10-2 SSC) took another step towards a Sunshine State Conference regular-season title, while the Lions (8-12, 3-9) fell for the sixth time in their last seven outings.
Anja Fuchs-Robetin finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season, while Giardina poured in 24 points to end the night with 1,006 career points. The Lions scored the game's opening basket, but the Mocs took a 4-2 lead at the 6:41 mark of the first quarter and never trailed again. Florida Southern hits the road on Saturday when it heads to Palm Beach Atlantic.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• After surrendering the first points of the game with 8:21 to go in the first quarter, the Moccasins ripped off six-straight points to take the lead and never looked back. The Lions managed to score just eight points in the first period, and Florida Southern took its first double-digit lead of the game (20-10) when Giardina nailed a jumper with 6:16 to go in the opening half.
• Florida Southern remained in front by double digits for the remainder of the first half, leading by as much as 15 points (30-15), and entered the locker room with a 30-18 lead. Giardina scored 12 points in the first half, while Fuchs-Robetin also scored 12. The Mocs held Saint Leo to just 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action.
• In the second half, Saint Leo was able to trim the deficit to just eight points (36-28) on a three-pointer with 6:13 left in the third quarter. However, the Moccasins would reel off a 10-2 run to go back up by 16 points (46-30) and take total control en route to their eighth-straight win.
• Fuchs-Robetin scored 13 of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter and ended the night 7-of-14 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Giardina went 8-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from long range, and tallied a pair of steals. Jensen Blassage finished with eight points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Mercedez Claybrone had five points, seven rebounds, and three steals.
• The Mocs shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the floor and made 18-of-22 free-throw attempts, while the Lions connected on 41.9 percent (18-of-43) of their shots. Florida Southern finished with a 32-28 edge in rebounds and forced Saint Leo into 21 turnovers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 78-10 all-time against Saint Leo, including 40-4 at home. The Moccasins have defeated the Lions in each of the past eight meetings. FSC's eight-game win streak is its longest winning streak since beginning the 2015-16 season with eight victories in a row.
• Giardina, who wears number 22, is the 22nd player in program history to score 1,000 points. She ranks 22nd in school history in career scoring and needs 11 more to move into sole possession of 21st. She is the second player this year to hit 1,000 points, joining teammate Jensen Blassage. Blassage currently ranks 14th in school history with 1,180 career points.
• Fuchs-Robetin's 11 double-doubles this season are the most since Emma Cannon finished with 23 during the 2010-11 campaign. Fuchs-Robetin has scored double-digits in every game this season and eclipsed 20 points in each of the last three games. Giardina has scored in double figures in 16 games this season and has scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games.
• Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris picked up her 75th win at Florida Southern. She is now 75-33 in four seasons with the Mocs, and 143-60 in seven seasons as a collegiate head coach. She ranks fourth in program history in wins and is third in winning percentage (.694).
• Florida Southern will head to Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday before returning home for two-straight games. The Mocs host Eckerd on Jan. 31 and Barry on Feb. 3.