LAKELAND, FL - Camille Giardina and Jensen Blassage led Florida Southern College women's basketball with double-digit points as the Moccasins picked up their 13th-straight victory. The Moccasins (20-3, 15-2 SSC) defeated the Panthers of Florida Tech (9-13, 6-10), 58-50, on Saturday night inside Jenkins Field House. The Mocs used a stifling defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance.
The Moccasins held the Panthers to less than 14 points in each quarter and did not allow a three-pointer on eight FIT attempts. The victory helped Florida Southern maintain a two and a half-game lead in the SSC standings with three games remaining.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Tech got on the board first and led for much of the first quarter, leading by as many as four points (8-4) in the first six minutes of play. The Mocs were able to battle back to tie things up at 10, and the teams finished the first period tied at 12-12.
• The second quarter saw the Moccasins take their first lead of the game (14-13) on Blassage's layup with 9:04 on the clock, and Giardina extended the lead to four points (17-13) with a three-pointer on the next possession. Florida Southern was able to build an eight-point lead (23-15), its largest of the game when Blassage scored again with 6:40 to go in the first half. The Panthers were able to close the gap to three (29-26) in the final minute of the first half, but Giardina made a pair of late free throws to give the Mocs a 31-26 edge at the half.
• After pushing its back to eight points (44-36) towards the end of the third quarter, the Moccasins saw their advantage slip away in the fourth as Florida Tech was able to tie things at 46-46 with 6:32 to go. However, Florida Southern closed out the game on a 12-4 run to come away with the win.
• Giardina finished with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-6 from long range. Blassage scored 16 points, while Anja Fuchs-Robetin fell just shy of another double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 42-38 all-time against Florida Tech and has swept the season series against the Panthers for the second season in a row. The Moccasins moved to 23-11 when hosting the Panthers at Jenkins Field House.
• Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris took one more step towards career win number 150 by improving her coaching record to 148-60, which includes an 80-33 record in four years at Florida Southern.
• Giardina improved her career scoring total to 1,131 and needs just 34 to move into sole possession of 15th place in school history. Fuchs-Robetin increased her career scoring total to 936 and needs just 64 more to become the 22nd player in school history and the third this season to score 1,000 career points.
• Florida Southern's 13 game winning streak is now the longest during Harris' tenure, and the longest since the 1994-95 squad set a school record with 26-straight victories.
• The Moccasins look to extend their win streak to 14 on the 14th of February as they travel south to Boca Raton to take on the Fighting Knights of Lynn. The Mocs will then close out the season with a home game against Tampa (Feb. 21) and a road contest at Embry-Riddle (Feb. 24).