DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball overcame an 18-point, first-quarter deficit to take a late lead, but was held without a bucket for the final three minutes in an 83-75 loss to Embry-Riddle on Saturday at the ICI Center. The No. 12 Moccasins (20-2, 13-1 SSC) suffered their first Sunshine State Conference loss of the season as the Eagles (14-8, 9-6) snapped Florida Southern's 17-game winning streak.
Julia Jenike scored a career-high 21 points to bring the Mocs back from an early 24-6 deficit to take a 75-73 lead with 2:59 to go, but Southern went stone cold in the final three minutes as ERAU closed out the game on a 10-0 run to hand Florida Southern its first loss since late November. Anja Fuchs-Robetin (14), Camille Giardina (14), and Mackenzie Steele (13), also scored in double figures, but the Eagles hit 16 three-pointers and outscored the Mocs 25-12 off the bench to come away with the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern got off to a rough start as it was held scoreless for almost four minutes to open the first quarter as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Giardina put the Mocs on the board with a jumper at the 6:19 mark. After Giardina hit a free throw to make it 7-3 later in the opening period, ERAU torched the nets with four-straight three-pointers to make it 19-3 at the 3:02 mark of the quarter. FSC was able to find its footing somewhat in the closing moments of the first and trailed 24-10 after 10 minutes of action.
- The Moccasin defense was able to clamp down in the second quarter as Florida Southern outscored Embry-Riddle 24-15. The second quarter started with five-straight points by the Mocs to make it 24-15 on Jenike's three with 8:55 to go. Down 34-23 with just over five minutes to play in the half, Florida Southern went on an 11-5 run to close out the half and trailed by just five (39-34) at the break.
- Embry-Riddle's offense caught fire again in the third quarter as it went 3-of-4 from long range to extend its lead to as many as 13 points (56-43) with 4:32 to go, but the Mocs reeled off an 11-4 run and trailed by only six points (60-54) headed into the fourth to stay within striking distance.
- The run continued into the fourth quarter as the Mocs scored the first seven points of the period to make it an 18-4 run overall and grabbed their first lead of the game (61-60) when Steele nailed a shot from beyond the arc with 8:28 to play. The team would trade jabs over the next few minutes with Florida Southern leading by as many as three (69-66) with 5:22 to play. Ashley Shell broke a 73-73 tie when she hit a layup with 2:59 to go to give the Mocs a 75-73 lead, but the Eagles took full control over the remaining two-plus minutes by holding Florida Southern without a point and scoring 10 of their own to come away with the win. The Mocs went 0-of-5 after Shell hit the go-ahead layup, while ERAU went 2-of-3 and hit six free throws down the stretch.
- Jenike went 8-of-12, including 5-of-7 from long range, and had six rebounds in the contest. Fuchs-Robetin just missed a double-double by grabbing a team-high nine rebounds, and Giardina added five rebounds of her own. Morgan Ackermann led the Eagles with 20 points off the bench and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, including 6-of-6 from three, while Lauren Ellenberger had 17 points and eight assists. The Moccasins were outrebounded 34-28, but actually shot at a higher percentage from the three-point line compared to the Eagles (61.5 percent to 59.3 percent), but ERAU made twice as many from long range.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The loss snapped Florida Southern's 17-game win streak, the second-best win streak in school history. Florida Southern fell to 6-4 all-time against the Eagles, including a 1-3 mark when facing Embry-Riddle on the road.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,681 points. She needs 105 more to move into sixth in school history in career scoring. Fuchs-Robetin now has 1,459 points. She is 28 points shy of moving into a tie for eighth place.
- Florida Southern returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to take on Palm Beach Atlantic. The Mocs will then hit the road for two-straight against Lynn (Feb. 16) and Eckerd (Feb. 20).