ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Anja Fuchs-Robetin, Camille Giardina, and Julia Jenike combined for 49 points as Florida Southern College women's basketball defeated Eckerd, 69-56, in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday night at the McArthur Center. The No. 18 Moccasins (22-3, 15-2 SSC) built a 36-24 halftime lead to complete the season-sweep of the Tritons (18-7, 12-5) and remain in first place in the SSC standings.
Giardina poured in a game-high 24 points while Fuchs-Robetin had 14 Jenike scored 11. Florida Southern shot 49.1 percent from the floor and made nine three-pointers in the victory, which was televised on ESPN3 as part of the DII Basketball Showcase.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Florida Southern dominated early in the first quarter as the Mocs raced out to a 7-0 lead and held Eckerd without a point for nearly three minutes to open the contest. The Mocs grabbed their first double-digit lead (16-6) when Giardina converted a three-point play after being fouled on a layup at the 2:29 mark of the first half and the Moccasins led 19-10 after one quarter of action.
- 2nd Quarter | The Tritons were able to make a run in the second quarter when they outscored Southern 7-3 over the first three minutes to slice the deficit to just five (22-17) at the 7:41 mark. But the Mocs answered with six-straight points to take a 28-17 advantage and led by 13 (37-24) at the half.
- 3rd Quarter | Eckerd came to life in the third quarter as it shot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the floor and outscored the Mocs 25-17. A 6-0 run by the Tritons at the onset of the period trimmed Florida Southern's lead seven points (37-30) and the Mocs did not score until Giardina nailed a three with seven minutes to go in the third. Trailing by 13 (54-41) late in the quarter, Eckerd used an 8-0 run over the final minute to pull within five (54-49) with one quarter left to play.
- 4th Quarter | The Mocs scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to make it 58-49 and took control when Jenike drilled a three-pointer at the 7:07 mark that proved to be the dagger that Florida Southern needed. The Moccasins never led by less than double digits the rest of the way as they picked up their 22nd win of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 75-15 all-time against Eckerd, including a 33-9 mark when facing the Tritons on the road. The win was the 175th career victory for Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris, who is now 107-38 in five seasons at Florida Southern.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,747 points. She needs 39 more to move into sixth in school history in career scoring. Fuchs-Robetin now has 1,497 points. She now ranks eighth in school history in scoring.
- The Moccasins are back home on Feb. 23 against Barry, travel to Saint Leo on Feb. 27, and close out the regular season at home against Rollins on March 2.