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Steele Hits Seven 3's as Mocs Feast on WIldcats, 96-55, at Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic

Mackenzie Steele
Mackenzie Steele

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Freshman Mackenzie Steele connected on seven three-pointers for 21 points to lead five Moccasins in double figures as 14th-ranked Florida Southern easily eclipsed Daeman, 96-55, here Saturday at the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic on the James Harley Court at the McArthur Physical Education Center. Steele's seven treys are one shy of the school record of eight set by Alli Fogle against Flagler on Feb. 14, 2009, and Alicia Evans against Saint Leo on Feb. 21, 2001.

Also in double figures scoring for the Moccasins were Anja Fuchs-Robetin (18), Camille Giardina and Mercedez Claybrone (13 each), and Monet Burkett (11). Florida Southern moved to 4-1 on the season while Daeman slips to 2-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The two teams basically traded baskets in the game's opening 8:27 with Florida Southern holding on to a one-point lead, 12-11 with 1:33 left in the period. Steele then hit a pair of three-pointers sandwiched around a three-point play by Burkett as the Moccasins jumped out to a 21-11 lead with 32 seconds remaining. 
  • After the Wildcats opened the second period with a layup, Steele connected on back-to-back treys and Giardina added a jumper as the Florida Southern went ahead 29-15 at the 7:51 mark. Burkett, Giardina, and Fuchs-Robetin all later added three-pointers of their own in the period as the Moccasins lead eventually ballooned to 21 points, 42-21. Giardina, Julia Jenike, and Claybrone each had two free throws down the stretch while Giardina and Claybrone added field goals as FSC took a 52-24 lead at intermission.
  • The Moccasins continued their momentum in the third period, out-scoring the Wildcats, 19-6, behind two more three-point shots from Steele.
  • Daeman matched Florida Southern in the fourth period, 25-25. The period saw nine different Moccasins get on the scoreboard.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • This was just the second the two clubs have met on the basketball court. Florida Southern won the first meeting, 92-58, in Jenkins Field House on Jan. 2, 2001.
  • Now in her fourth season at Florida Southern, Betsy Harris has an 89-36 career record with the Moccasins. She is 158-63 for her collegiate coaching career.
  • Florida Southern hit on 13 three-pointers in the game marking the second time in the last three games the Moccasins have reached double figures in three-pointers made. FSC set a school record with 17 three-pointers in a 116-48 win over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Monday.
  • All 11 Moccasins who played scored at least one point.
  • Giardina's 13 points give her 1,364 for her career, pulling her within four points of matching Megan Dzikas (2009-12) for 10th place on the FSC all-time scoring list.
  • Jenike pulled down a game-high seven rebounds while Giardina and Claybrone each grabbed six boards as Florida Southern outrebounded Daeman, 38-34. Bekki Kalaydjiev dished out a game-high six assists while Ards led all players with four steals.
  • Florida Southern hit on 52.5 percent of its field goals while limiting Daeman to 29.5 percent. FSC was 13-of-24 from the three-point line and 19-of-23 from the charity stripe.
  • Daeman was led by Tiara Filbert who was the only Wildcat in double figures with 12 points. Erin Sinnott pulled down a team-high four rebounds.

UP NEXT

  • The Moccasins return home on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for the Sunshine State Conference opener at 5:30 p.m. against Tampa.