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Fuchs-Robetin Named SSC Player of the Year, Harris Earns Coach of the Year as Mocs Land Three on All-SSC Teams

Fuchs-Robetin Named SSC Player of the Year, Harris Earns Coach of the Year as Mocs Land Three on All-SSC Teams

MELBOURNE, FL - After cruising to a Sunshine State Conference regular-season title and posting a 22-4 regular-season record, Florida Southern College women's basketball was well represented when the SSC announced its annual women's basketball awards on Thursday. Anja Fuchs-Robetin was named as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, while head coach Betsy Harris earned Coach of the Year honors.

In addition, both Fuchs-Robetin and Camille Giardina earned first team all-SSC accolades, while Jensen Blassage was named as a second team all-SSC selection. Fuchs-Robetin is the eighth different Moccasin to be named as the SSC Player of the Year, giving Florida Southern a total of 10 Player of the Year honors (Kim Drisbo and Lucresia West were two-time honorees).

Harris was also named as the Coach of the Year in 2015-16, while Giardina is a first-team selection for the second-straight season and Blassage earned second-team honors for the second time in her career. Fuchs-Robetin currently ranks third in the SSC in scoring (18.3 ppg) and second in rebounds (9.5 rpg) while ranking 35th nationally in field-goal percentage (53.8). She recorded 14 double-doubles during the season and scored 20 or more points in 11 different games this year. She also recorded the program's first triple-double since 1995 when she posted 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists at Rollins on Feb. 7.

Giardina leads the conference and ranks 18th in the nation in scoring (19.7 ppg), and is second in the SSC and 16th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (43.3). She scored at least 20 points in 17 different games this year, including three performances with 30 or more points. Blassage is averaging 14.0 points, 3.8 rebound and 3.4 assists per game and is in the top-10 in the SSC in nine different statistical categories, including first in free-throw percentage (84.4). She has scored in double figures in 19 of the 26 games she has played this year.

All three players joined Florida Southern's 1,000-point club this year, becoming the first trio to accomplish the feat in the same season. Blassage eclipsed 1,000 points in November, while Giardina joined the club in January and Fuchs-Robetin hit the mark on Wednesday night against Saint Leo.

Harris' Coach of the Year Award is the 10th in program history. She is the fourth different Florida Southern coach to win the honor multiple times and led the Moccasins to their first SSC regular-season title since 2011-12. Florida Southern is now tied with Rollins for the most conference titles in league history with 13. The Mocs have won at least 20 games in each of the past three seasons, as Harris has compiled a record of 83-34 in four years with the Mocs.

This season, Florida Southern won a total of nine weekly Sunshine State Conference awards. Fuchs-Robetin was a two-time Player of the Week selection and earned five Defensive Player of the Week honors. Blassage and Giardina were both named SSC Player of the Week earlier this year.

Florida Southern will square off with Barry in the semifinals of the SSC Tournament at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Jenkins Field House. The winner will face either Eckerd or Embry-Riddle on Sunday for the conference tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

 

2017-18 ALL-SSC Women's Basketball Honors

Player of the Year = Anja Fuchs-Robetin, Florida Southern

Defensive Player of the Year = Kacie Juday, Eckerd

Newcomer of the Year = Nicole Tucker, Embry-Riddle

Freshman of the Year = Nicole Tucker, Embry-Riddle

Coach of the Year = Betsy Harris, Florida Southern

ALL-SSC First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

F

Anja Fuchs-Robetin^

Florida Southern

Jr.

Vienna, Austria

G

Camille Giardina*+%

Florida Southern

Jr.

Sarasota, Florida

G/F

Kacie Juday*

Eckerd

Sr.

Tipton, Indiana

C

Kiara Palmer#

Barry

Sr.

Miami, Florida

F

Tara Fields

Embry-Riddle

Sr.

Winter Park, Florida

ALL-SSC Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Jensen Blassage~

Florida Southern

Sr.

Cherry Valley, Illinois

G

Lauren Ellenberger

Embry-Riddle

Jr.

Granger, Indiana

G

Staja Tyghter

Tampa

Jr.

Orlando, Florida

F

Karma Jeremie^

Tampa

Sr.

Orlando, Florida

G

Alison Hughes

Nova Southeastern

Jr.

Janesville, Wisconsin

Honorable Mention

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Hannah Grimm

Palm Beach Atlantic

Sr.

Apple Valley, Minnesota

ALL-SSC Newcomer Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

F

Nicole Tucker

Embry-Riddle

Fr.

Marshall, Michigan

G

Staja Tyghter

Tampa

Jr.

Orlando, Florida

F

Zoe Richards

Eckerd

So.

Dunedin, New Zealand

G

Alison Hughes

Nova Southeastern

Jr.

Janesville, Wisconsin

G

Yarden Danan

Eckerd

Jr.

Rehovot, Israel

 

* = 2016-17 First Team

^ = 2016-17 Second Team

# = 2016-17 Newcomer Team

 

~ = 2015-16 Second Team

+ = 2015-16 Newcomer Team

% = 2015-16 Freshman of the Year

 

 

1Michaela Hawley (2012), Emma Cannon (2011), Lucresia West (2004 & 2005), Tarra Blackwell (1998), Kelly Charron (1995)
2Harris' first Coach of the Year award came in 2015-16
3FSC is now tied with Rollins College for the most regular season titles in SSC women's basketball history