MIAMI SHORES, FL - Camille Giardina and Mackenzie Steele shot a combined 11-of-19 (57.9) percent from beyond the arc and Florida Southern College women's basketball cruised to its 11th-straight win with a 101-72 thrashing of Barry on Saturday in Sunshine State Conference Action at the BU Health & Sports Center. The No. 15 Moccasins (14-1, 7-0 SSC) outscored the Buccaneers (4-10, 2-5) 37-6 in the third quarter to erase a two-point halftime deficit.
Giardina scored a game and season-high 30 points, while Anja Fuchs-Robetin poured in 18 and Steele added 17 as the Mocs put up their highest point total in a conference contest in nearly 25 years. Florida Southern has now scored at least 90 points in six different games this year, eclipsing 100 points in two contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Both teams started the game relatively slow as each made just five shots in the opening quarter. However, Florida Southern was able to get out to an early seven-point lead (10-3) as it limited the Bucs to just one field goal in the first five minutes of play. Barry used a 7-0 run to pull within three (10-7) at the 3:36 mark of the quarter, but the Moccasins stayed in front and led 17-16 after one quarter of play.
- 2nd Quarter | After Elsa Landberg's three-pointer put the Mocs up by four (30-26) with 4:29 to play in the opening half, the Buccaneers were able to reel off 11 of the next 14 points to take their largest lead of the contest (37-33) with just 1:21 on the clock. However, the Mocs scored the final bucket of the quarter and went into the half trailing by just two (37-35).
- 3rd Quarter | The entire game turned in the third quarter as the Moccasins outscored the Bucs 37-6 to take complete control of the game. Florida Southern turned up the heat on defense and held Barry without a single point for more than five minutes to open the second half. The scoreless stretch by the Buccaneers allowed the Moccasins to go on a 27-0 run to begin the half and jump out to a commanding 72-43 lead by the end of the quarter. Giardina, who was held to just five points in the first half, scored 21 points in the third as she went a perfect 5-of-5 from long range.
- 4th Quarter | Florida Southern's massive lead after three quarters allowed the Mocs to rest their starters and provide valuable playing time for their reserves. Both teams put up 29 points in the final period to make the final tally 101-72.
- The Moccasins went a combined 38-of-64 (59.4 percent) from the floor, including 15-of-25 (60.0 percent) from long range, while outrebounding the Bucs 34-25. Barry was paced by Nichel Tampa's 22 points, while Ida Andersson had 17 and Harriet Swindells had 14.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 50-17 all-time against Barry, including a 20-11 mark when facing the Bucs on the road. The win was No. 99 for head coach Betsy Harris in her five years at Florida Southern. She is 99-36 in her time at FSC, 167-63 in her career, and needs just one win to become the fourth Moccasin head coach to win 100 games at Southern.
- The Moccasins' 101 points were the most in a conference contest since Jan. 17, 1995 in a 104-60 win over Eckerd. Florida Southern's 15 three-pointers on Saturday are tied for the second most in a single game in school history. The Mocs have scored 100 points twice this season, the first time since the 1997-98 campaign that they have scored 100 points at least twice in the same season.
- Giardina increased her career point total to 1,530 to move into seventh place in school history. She needs 271 more to move into the top five in the school record books. Fuchs-Robetin pushed her career scoring total to 1,313 points to inch closer to the top 10 in school history. She currently ranks 13th in the program record books and needs just 82 more points to move into 10th place.
- The Moccasins' 14-1 start is their best through 15 games since opening the 2015-16 season with a 14-1 record. Florida Southern's best start through 16 games came in 1992-93 when the Mocs went 16-0 en route to an overall record of 25-3.
- Florida Southern will head home to take on Eckerd on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. before heading to Rollins on Jan. 19.