LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball sent its senior class out as winners with a 72-60 victory over Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins on Saturday night at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House. The No. 19 Moccasins (25-3, 18-2 SSC) got 20-point performances from seniors Anja Fuchs-Robetin (21) and Camille Giardina (22) to finish off the season sweep of the Tars (11-15, 8-12).
The Moc, who had previously clinched the No. 1 seed in next week's SSC Tournament, will face eighth-seeded Barry in the quarterfinal round at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Jenkins Field House. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, March 9. Nova Southeastern will serve as the host for the SSC semifinal and championship rounds at Rick Case Arena. For a complete SSC Tournament bracket, click HERE.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Florida Southern and Rollins traded jabs early on in the first quarter, with the Tars holding a 9-7 lead with 5:57 to go in the first. However, the Moccasins used a 7-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to grab a 14-9 lead on Mackenzie Steele's three with 1:16 left. Rollins was able to score the final five points of the period, including a three with four seconds left, to tie things at 14-14 after one-quarter of action.
- 2nd Quarter | Southern was able to take complete control by reeling off 10-straight points to open the second quarter and take a 24-14 lead with 6:58 to go in the first half. The Mocs led by as many as 12 points (30-18) with 4:45 on the clock, but the Tars reeled off an 11-0 run to get within a single point (30-29) with two minutes to play. Fuchs-Robetin would score twice in the final two minutes and Julia Jenike added a bucket of her own to give the Moccasins a 36-32 lead at the half.
- 3rd Quarter | The teams would go back and forth early in the third quarter before Florida Southern used a 12-2 run midway through the period to turn a 42-40 edge into a 54-42 lead on Bekki Kalaydjiev's layup with 1:30 remaining in the quarter to put the Mocs in total control as Southern led 57-44 after three.
- 4th Quarter | Florida Southern was never in trouble in the fourth quarter as it led by as many as 19 (72-53) with 2:50 to go in the game. Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris would call a timeout with 42 seconds to go to allow her seniors to come off the floor to a standing ovation from the crowd.
- Although neither team shot over 40.0 percent from the floor or better than 30.0 percent from three, the Mocs were incredible at the free-throw line where they hit 20-of-22 attempts as Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina combined to go 16-of-18.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 53-46 all-time against Rollins, including a 28-14 mark when facing the Tars at home.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,802 points to move into fifth in school history in scoring. Fuchs-Robetin now has 1,547 points, good for eighth in school history. Mercedez Claybrone, the third member of FSC's senior class, played 25 minutes and grabbed three rebounds to go along with three assists.
- Following the game, Florida Southern head coach Betsy Harris was presented with the SSC Regular-Season Championship trophy by Florida Southern College president Dr. Anne Kerr and Interim Director of Athletics, Drew Howard.
- Florida Southern will take on No. 8 seed Barry on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the SSC Tournament. The winner advances to the semifinals next Saturday and will face either Nova Southeastern or Embry-Riddle. The SSC title game is set for 1:05 p.m. on Sunday at NSU's Rick Case Arena.