LAKELAND, FL - Camille Giardina and Anja Fuchs-Robetin combined to scored 59 points as Florida Southern College women's basketball picked up its 16th-straight win, 88-62, over Nova Southeastern on Saturday evening at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House. The No. 13 Moccasins (19-1, 12-0 SSC) led the Sharks (12-5, 8-5) from start to finish to keep their stranglehold on the top spot in the Sunshine State Conference Standings.
After NSU provided an early challenge, the Mocs pulled away in the second quarter to lead 36-23 at halftime and were never threatened in the second half as they cruised to yet another victory in conference play. Giardina finished with 31 points, while Fuchs-Robetin tallied 28 and Mackenzie Steele poured in 13 off the bench, as Florida Southern picked up its fourth-straight double-digit victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | After both teams missed shots on their opening possessions, the Moccasins were able to strike first when Elsa Landberg hit a layup at the 8:38 mark of the first quarter and Florida Southern quickly jumped out to a 6-1 lead just four minutes into the contest. Nova Southeastern was able to battle back to pull within one (6-5) thanks to a short 4-0 run, but the Moccasins used a 7-0 run just moments later to turn a 9-7 advantage into a 16-7 lead with 1:10 to go and took a 16-11 edge into the second quarter.
- 2nd Quarter | The Sharks were able to hang around in the second quarter and sliced their deficit to just two points (20-18) in the opening two and a half minutes of the period, but Florida Southern outscored NSU 16-5 over the final seven and a half minutes of the opening half to take a 13-point lead into the locker room.
- 3rd Quarter | The third quarter belonged to Giardina, who scored 20 points in the period. At one point she scored 13-straight points for the Mocs, who never trailed by less than double digits in the third and found themselves up by 21 points (66-45) at the end of the quarter. Giardina went 6-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and hit all five of her free-throw attempts in the quarter as Florida Southern outscored NSU 30-22 in the period.
- 4th Quarter | It was all FSC the rest of the way as Steele took over in the fourth by scoring 12 of her 13 points in the final 10 minutes of play. She connected on 4-of-6 attempts, 3-of-4 from deep, as the Moccasins outscored the Sharks 22-17 over the final 10 minutes of play.
- The Moccasins shot 56.9 percent (33-of-58) from the floor and went 8-of-18 at the three-point line while holding NSU to just 43.5 percent (20-of-46) from the field and 3-of-13 from long range. Florida Southern pulled down 30 rebounds to NSU's 22 and outscored the Sharks 22-2 in points off turnovers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 21-19 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including a 12-8 mark when facing the Sharks at home. The Mocs' 16-game winning streak is now tied for the second-best in school history. Florida Southern won 16 in a row in 1992-93, and a school-record 26-straight the 1994-95 campaign.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,641 points. She needs 136 more to move into sixth in school history in career scoring. Anja Fuchs-Robetin now has 1,422 points and and moved into ninth place in school history in scoring. She is 65 points shy of moving into a tie for eighth place.
- During Florida Southern's win streak, the Moccasins are outscoring opponents by an average of 23.3 points per game. Florida Southern has won 15 games by double digits this season, including 11 by 20 or more.
- Florida Southern will take on Florida Tech on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Jenkins Field House before heading to Daytona Beach for a showdown with Embry-Riddle on Feb. 9.