Blassage Hits 1,000 Career Points as Mocs Sink Sailfish

Blassage Hits 1,000 Career Points as Mocs Sink Sailfish

LAKELAND, FL - Jensen Blassage became the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points as Florida Southern College women's basketball cruise past Palm Beach Atlantic, 87-63, in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday at Jenkins Field House.

The Moccasins (3-1, 2-0 SSC) shot 50.8 percent from the floor and raced out to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter to defeat the Sailfish (0-4, 0-2) for the sixth-straight meeting. Florida Southern will head to St. Augustine on Monday to take on Flagler.

• Florida Southern used a great defensive performance in the first quarter to build a 12-point lead after the first period en route to their third-straight win. The Mocs held Palm Beach Atlantic scoreless for more than four minutes in the opening quarter to turn a 7-4 lead into a 15-4 advantage and took a 22-10 lead into the second quarter.
• In the second period, the Moccasins would never see their lead dip below double digits, extending their advantage to as many as 17 points (38-21) with just over a minute to go in the first half. Blassage would score with eight seconds remaining to give FSC a 41-25 lead at the half.
• After going up by 18 (43-25) when Marta Aranda scored in the opening minute of the second half, the Moccasins hit a cold streak and did not score for another three minutes as the Sailfish were able to pull within nine (43-34). However, Florida Southern was able to regain its footing on offense and scored 17 points over the final six minutes to take a 60-47 lead into the fourth.
• In the final quarter, the Mocs would keep their foot on the gas, outscoring the Sailfish 27-16 over the final 10 minutes to come away with the win. Blassage would hit 1,000 points on the nose when she hit a layup through contact and hit the ensuing free throw with 2:40 left to play and exited the game to a standing ovation from the crowd.
• Florida Southern connected on 33-of-65 field-goal attempts including 8-of-19 from long range and also hit 13-of-17 free-throw attempts. Palm Beach Atlantic finished at 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the floor and 19-of-26 from the charity stripe but hit just 2-of-10 three-point shots. The Moccasins finished with a 32-30 edge in rebounds and forced 19 turnovers. Anja Fuchs-Robetin led the Mocs with 21 points and snagged 10 rebounds. Blassage scored 16 points and grabbed five boards, while Jaddah Knight added 12 points off the bench.

• Florida Southern improved to 21-2 all-time against Palm Beach Atlantic, including 11-1 at home. The Moccasins have won six in a row against the Sailfish and four-straight home games in the series.
• Fuchs-Robeting recorded her fourth double-double of the season, matching her double-double total from her first two seasons combined. Blassage is the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 career points. She needs 16 more to tie Allison Gerdeman (1992-96) for 20th in school history. Tarra Blackwell (1994-98) holds the school record at 2,037 points.
• The Moccasins scored 24 points off turnovers and outscored the Sailfish 40-22 in the paint. Florida Southern never trailed in the game and scored 16 fast break points and 12 second-chance points.

• Florida Southern will face Flagler on the road on Monday at 5:30 p.m. before heading to St. Petersburg for the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic next Friday and Saturday. The Mocs will face Mount Olive on Friday at 1 p.m. and Johnson C. Smith at 1 p.m. on Saturday.