LAKELAND, FL - Anja Fuchs-Robetin and Camille Giardina each eclipsed 30 points, and Jensen Blassage added 20 as Florida Southern College women's basketball hammered visiting Nova Southeastern, 94-76, on Saturday at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (14-3, 9-2 SSC) stayed atop the Sunshine State Conference standings with their seventh-straight win, while the Sharks (9-8, 5-6) dropped their second in a row.
Fuchs-Robetin scored 18 of her game-high 33 points in the third quarter alone, while Giardina scored 14 of her 31 points in the second quarter. The Mocs shot a season-best 53.2 percent (33-of-62) from the floor, including 9-of-19 from beyond the arc, and built a 45-31 halftime lead en route to the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first three and a half minutes of play to force a Nova Southeastern timeout, and never trailed at any point in the game. Despite their early dominance, the Mocs did not grab their first double-digit lead until Giardina hit a layup with 8:01 to go in the first half to make it 27-17. NSU was able to trim the deficit back to single digits, but never really threatened as Florida Southern led by 14 (45-31) at the break.
• The Sharks came out hot in the second half and reeled off a 13-4 run to get within five points (49-44) with 5:01 to go in the third, but the Moccasins responded an 8-3 scoring run to go back up by 10 (57-47) on Giardina's three-pointer with 3:42 left in the quarter. Trailing by nine (63-54) with 1:47 left in the third quarter the Sharks drilled a three to pull within six points (63-57), a deficit which would hold heading into the fourth.
• FSC started the fourth with a 9-2 run to jump in front by 13 (72-59) in the opening two minutes of the final quarter and outscored the Sharks 31-19 in the final 10 minutes of action to come away with an easy win.
• Fuchs-Robetin's 33 points, a new career-high, came on a 12-of-17 effort from the floor. She went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line and pulled down eight rebounds. Giardina also set a new career-high in points while finishing 9-of-18 from the field. She hit 5-of-10 three-point attempts, grabbed seven rebounds, and tallied three steals. Blassage connected on 8-of-14 shot attempts grabbed seven boards and dished out a game-high four assists.
• The Mocs grabbed 33 rebounds to just 27 for the Sharks. Florida Southern dished out 20 total assists and forced 18 Nova Southeastern turnovers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 19-19 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including 11-8 when facing the Sharks at home. The victory was the 74th for head coach Betsy Harris since taking over as head coach four years ago. She is now 142-60 all-time in her coaching career, including 74-33 at Florida Southern.
• Fuchs-Robetin's 33 points were the most for a Moccasin since Jan. 27, 2010, when Michaela Hawley poured in 38 in a 99-93 overtime win against Nova Southeastern. The 30-point performances by Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina also marked the first time that any FSC player scored 30 or more points since Feb. 5, 2014, when Christin Strawbridge scored 32 against Barry.
• Blassage increased her career scoring total to 1,172 to move into 15th place in school history in scoring. She needs just three more to move into sole possession of 14th in career scoring in FSC history. Giardina is now just 18 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 career points. She has scored 982 points during her career at Florida Southern (12.3 ppg).
• Florida Southern will take on Saint Leo at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Mocs then hit the road on Jan. 27 at Palm Beach Atlantic, and close out the month at home against Eckerd on Jan. 31.