LAKELAND, FL - Senior Camille Giardina became the eight Moccasin to record 1,500 career points as Florida Southern College women's basketball extended its winning streak to nine in a row with a 91-59 victory over Lynn University on Saturday night. The Mocs (12-1, 5-0 SSC) held the Fighting Knights (9-2, 3-2 SSC) to just seven points in the opening quarter.
Anja Fuchs-Robetin dropped 20-points for the fourth time in the last five games. Julia Jenike, Mackenzie Steele and Giardina all hit double-digits to help the Mocs stay perfect in Sunshine State Conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Lynn opened the scoring first but it was the Mocs who jumped out to a 6-2 lead, a lead the Fighting Knights would never come close to regaining. Elsa Landberg put the Mocs up 13-5 with her first points on the season on a three-point basket halfway through the first quarter. The Mocs used a 16-0 run just under the seven-minute mark to build its lead. Jenike led Florida Southern with nine points as Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina each added six points to give the Mocs a 20-point lead after the first ten minutes (27-7).
- 2nd Quarter | Florida Southern extended its lead four of the five starters added 14 points and Chesney Campbell added on five points off the bench.
- 3rd Quarter | The Mocs opened the second half on a 7-2 run. Fuchs-Robetin averaged a point per minute as she totaled eight points in the third quarter. Freshman Mackenzie Steele added on six points as she was 2-3 from long range. The Mocs saw its first 30-point lead off a three-point basket from Steele at 6:36. At the 3:23 mark of the third quarter Giardina recorded her 1,500th career point on a layup. Florida Southern ended the quarter with a 28-point advantage.
- 4th Quarter | Florida Southern opened the final quarter on a 9-1 run as Marta Aranda, Bekki Kalaydjiev and Steele each drained a three from long range. Monet Burkett led the Mocs with seven points in the fourth and Steele followed with six points. Burkett hit a three with 53 seconds remaining to see the Mocs surpass the 90-point mark for just the fifth time this season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 32-13 all-time against Lynn, including an 18-5 mark in the Jenkins Field House.
- Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris picked up her 97th victory at the helm of the program and is now 97-36 in five seasons at Florida Southern. She is on pace to become the fourth coach in school history with at least 100 wins and is now 165-63 in her eight seasons as a collegiate head coach.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,500 to move into eighth place in school history in career scoring. She is seven points shy of moving into seventh place. Fuchs-Robetin moved closer to the top-10 in career scoring by moving her total to 1,265. She needs just 131 more points to move into the top 10.
- The 12-1 start is the best through 13 games since the 2015-16 season, when the Mocs went 14-1 through their first 15 games on their way to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
- Florida Southern hits the road for matchups at Palm Beach Atlantic (Jan. 9) and Barry (Jan. 12). The Mocs will be back at home on January 16 when they welcome in the Tritons of Eckerd.