WINTER PARK, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball used a 28-point third quarter to pull away from a struggling Rollins offense. The Mocs picked up their 13th-straight win, 78-61, at Rollins on Saturday afternoon. No. 14 Florida Southern's (16-1, 9-0 SSC) defense forced 18 turnovers by the Tars (8-7, 5-4 SSC) to stay unbeaten in conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | The Mocs opened the scoring on a pair of made free throws by Katerina Pazzaglia-Khomenko. Slow offenses in the first quarter saw the two teams trade points, as the Tars would build its biggest lead of the game with a four-point lead at the 5:49 mark in first (8-4 RC). The Mocs would take an 11-10 lead thanks to a made free throw by Mercedez Claybrone. This lead change would be the final lead change of the game. Fuchs-Robetin led the Mocs with eight points in the first quarter as she was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and knocked down both free throw attempts.
- 2nd Quarter | Julia Jenike opened the second quarter with a made three but Rollins came down the court and answered with a three of their own to cut the Mocs lead back to three. The Tars would cut the Mocs lead to just two but that would be the smallest lead the Mocs would hold for the remainder of the game. The Mocs would go on a 6-0 run, during that run the Tars missed three three-point attempts and a layup as the Florida Southern defense stepped up. Steele would lead the Mocs with seven points off the bench in the third quarter. The Mocs would head to the locker room with a nine-point lead (37-28).
- 3rd Quarter | Florida Southern went on an 8-0 run to begin the third quarter en route to a 28-point outburst in the quarter. The Tars sent two Mocs to the charity stripe as Fuchs-Robetin (4-5) and Giardina (8-8) picked up 12 points at Rollins expense. Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina would each total 13 points in the third quarter as Claybrone would add two points of her own off the bench.
- 4th Quarter | In the only quarter Florida Southen was outscored the Mocs were lead by Giardina with eight points as she was 3-4 from the field and added a block. The defense kept the Tars starters to just six points in the fourth, but it was a bench who added on ten points by four different players. Thanks to 28 points in the third quarter the Mocs were able to maintain a 19+ point lead throughout the final quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 52-46 all-time against Rollins, including a 19-22 mark in Winter Park. Coach Betsy Harris pushed her career coaching record to 169-63, including a 101-36 mark with the Moccasins. She is the fourth head coach in FSC history to win 100 games at the helm of the program, and currently has the highest winning percentage (.737) of any head coach in program history.
- The Moccasins' 13-game winning streak is their second-best under Harris. Florida Southern won 15 games in a row last season.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,576 and needs 210 more to move into sixth in school history in career scoring. Fuchs-Robetin now has 1,365 points to move into 11th in school history. She needs just three more points to move into the top 10 in program history.
- Florida Southern will host Saint Leo on Jan. 23 before ending the month with a road contest at Tampa (Jan. 30). The Mocs will open Februrary when both Nova Southeastern (Feb. 2) and Florida Tech (Feb. 6)make the trip to Lakeland.