WINTER PARK, FL - Anja Fuchs-Robetin recorded her first career triple-double as Florida Southern College defeated Rollins, 78-69, at Warden Arena on Wednesday night. The triple-double was the fourth in women's basketball history and the first since Kelly Charron recorded two just 11 days apart during the 1994-95 season. The Moccasins (19-3, 14-2 SSC) took the lead four minutes into the game and never fell behind to snag the win over the Tars (11-11, 6-10 SSC).
The victory gave Florida Southern a 2.5 game lead in the SSC standings with five games remaining. Four Moccasins finished the night with double-digit points as Fuchs-Robetin turned in a 13-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist performance. Camille Giardina led the Mocs with 28 points, while Jensen Blassage and Mercedez Claybrone each finished with 15 points. Giardina and Blassage were a combined 8-12 from beyond the arc.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Rollins was able to get on the board first and led 8-5 with 7:40 to go in the first quarter. However, the Moccasins reeled off eight-straight points to grab a 13-8 lead and would never trail again. Clinging to a one-point lead (17-16) with 3:19 to go in the first, Florida Southern would go on a 10-0 run over the next four-plus minutes of play to jump out to a 27-16 in the opening minute of the second period.
• The Tars would go on a scoring run of their own, 6-0, over the next two minutes to pull within five (27-22), but the Mocs responded with a 6-0 run of their own to take their first double-digit lead of the game (33-22) with 5:37 to go in the half and took a 42-33 lead into the locker room.
• In the third quarter, Florida Southern would lead 48-37 with 5:19 on the clock, but Rollins went on a 9-2 run to pull within four (50-46) at the 3:32 mark of the quarter. Florida Southern closed the period on a 7-3 run and led 57-49 at the end of the third.
• Rollins again battled back to get within four (57-53) early in the fourth quarter, but the Moccasins used an 11-2 run to jump back in front by 13 (68-55) and rolled to a 78-69 victory to earn its 12th-straight victory.
• Florida Southern shot 52.9 percent from the floor while holding Rollins to 47.5 percent, and connected on 9-of-16 three-pointers and 15-of-20 free-throw attempts. The Mocs forced 12 turnovers, which they turned into 13 points on the offensive end.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 53-45 all-time against Rollins and has swept the season series against the Tars. The Moccasins moved to 18-22 when facing the Tars at Warden Arena.
• Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris took one more step towards career win number 150 by improving her coaching record to 147-60, which includes a 79-33 record in four years at Florida Southern.
• Giardina improved her career scoring total to 1,109, passing Tasha Smith (1,079) to move into sole possession of 16th place in program history in career scoring. She has scored at least 20 points in five of the past six games, including seven of the last nine. Fuchs-Robetin increased her career scoring total to 927 and needs just 73 more to become the 22nd player in school history and the third this season to score 1,000 career points.
• Florida Southern's 12 game winning streak is tied for its best since 2009-10 when the Mocs won 12 after suffering a season-opening loss.
• The Moccasins return home to face Florida Tech on Saturday, Feb. 10 in their annual "Think Pink" game to raise awareness and funds to help in the fight against breast cancer. Florida Southern heads to Lynn on Feb. 14, is off on Feb. 17 and closes out the season with a home game against Tampa (Feb. 21) and a road contest at Embry-Riddle (Feb. 24).