SAINT LEO, FL - Senior All-American Camille Giardina netted 17 points to lead five players in double figures as 17th-ranked Florida Southern downed Shorter, 81-45, in the final day of the SSC/GSC Challenge played here Saturday at the Marion Bowman Activities Center on the campus of Saint Leo University. The Moccasins go to 2-0 with the win while Shorter falls to 0-2.
Giardina, who had 18 points in the Mocs' 70-64 win last night over Lee, made six of 12 field goals en route to a team-high 17 points. Also scoring in double figures for FSC were fellow senior All-American Anja Fuchs-Robetin and red-shirt sophomore Julia Jenike, each with 11, along with senior Mercedez Claybrone and sophomore Jirah Ards, who both netted 10 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern started the game with a 9-2 run as Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina combined for all nine points. Shorter answered to pull within three, 9-6, with 2:50 before the Moccasins closed out the period with a 6-0 streak behind two free throws each from Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina and a layup from junior Chesney Campbell. Giardina finished the period with eight points as FSC led 16-6.
- After the Moccasins ran their lead to 10 points, 20-10 on a pair of Mackenzie Steele free throws, Shorter went on a 10-1 run in just under two minutes to climb within one, 21-20, with 6:17 remaining in the second period. Florida Southern responded with a 10-0 streak behind points from four different players to run the score to 33-22 with 18 ticks left. Tatum Ragsdale nailed a three-pointer with two seconds left for the Hawks to make the score 33-25 at intermission.
- FSC maintained its momentum coming out of the lockerroom outscoring Shorter 24-10 in the third period as Jenike hit on a pair of treys while Steele and Ards each added three-pointers of their own. Claybrone and freshman Ashley Shell both contributed four points for the Mocs in the period.
- The fourth quarter saw the Mocs outscore the Hawks by another 24-10 mark punctuated by an 11-0 run over a 2:35 stretch midway through the period. Freshman Bekki Kalaydjiev made three baskets to lead the Mocs with six points in the final period while Giardina and Jenike both added five points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern has now won all three meetings with Shorter.
- Giardina's 17 points give her 1,320 for her career, leaving her eight points shy of tying Nanci Parks (who scored 1,328 points from 1986-89) on FSC's all-time scoring list.
- Shell and Fuchs-Robetin both had six rebounds to lead Florida Southern while junior Elsa Landberg dished out a game-high five assists and had a pair of steals.
- Raven Fair led Shorter with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds while Ragsdale finished with 12 points and seven boards.
- The Moccasins shot 46.8 percent from the field and made 17-of-22 free throws while the Hawks hit on 32.7 percent of their shots and converted 8-of-14 free throws. Florida Southern committed 12 turnovers and forced Shorter into 23 miscues.
- Florida Southern will open the home portion of its schedule on Monday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.