Five Mocs Score in Double Figures as Southern Sinks Shorter, 81-45

Camille Giardina
Camille Giardina

SAINT LEO, FL - Senior All-American Camille Giardina netted 17 points to lead five players in double figures as 17th-ranked Florida Southern downed Shorter, 81-45, in the final day of the SSC/GSC Challenge played here Saturday at the Marion Bowman Activities Center on the campus of Saint Leo University. The Moccasins go to 2-0 with the win while Shorter falls to 0-2.

Giardina, who had 18 points in the Mocs' 70-64 win last night over Lee, made six of 12 field goals en route to a team-high 17 points. Also scoring in double figures for FSC were fellow senior All-American Anja Fuchs-Robetin and red-shirt sophomore Julia Jenike, each with 11, along with senior Mercedez Claybrone and sophomore Jirah Ards, who both netted 10 points.


  • Florida Southern started the game with a 9-2 run as Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina combined for all nine points. Shorter answered to pull within three, 9-6, with 2:50 before the Moccasins closed out the period with a 6-0 streak behind two free throws each from Fuchs-Robetin and Giardina and a layup from junior Chesney Campbell. Giardina finished the period with eight points as FSC led 16-6.
  • After the Moccasins ran their lead to 10 points, 20-10 on a pair of Mackenzie Steele free throws, Shorter went on a 10-1 run in just under two minutes to climb within one, 21-20, with 6:17 remaining in the second period. Florida Southern responded with a 10-0 streak behind points from four different players to run the score to 33-22 with 18 ticks left. Tatum Ragsdale nailed a three-pointer with two seconds left for the Hawks to make the score 33-25 at intermission.
  • FSC maintained its momentum coming out of the lockerroom outscoring Shorter 24-10 in the third period as Jenike hit on a pair of treys while Steele and Ards each added three-pointers of their own. Claybrone and freshman Ashley Shell both contributed four points for the Mocs in the period.
  • The fourth quarter saw the Mocs outscore the Hawks by another 24-10 mark punctuated by an 11-0 run over a 2:35 stretch midway through the period. Freshman Bekki Kalaydjiev made three baskets to lead the Mocs with six points in the final period while Giardina and Jenike both added five points.


  • Florida Southern has now won all three meetings with Shorter.
  • Giardina's 17 points give her 1,320 for her career, leaving her eight points shy of tying Nanci Parks (who scored 1,328 points from 1986-89) on FSC's all-time scoring list.
  • Shell and Fuchs-Robetin both had six rebounds to lead Florida Southern while junior Elsa Landberg dished out a game-high five assists and had a pair of steals.
  • Raven Fair led Shorter with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds while Ragsdale finished with 12 points and seven boards.
  • The Moccasins shot 46.8 percent from the field and made 17-of-22 free throws while the Hawks hit on 32.7 percent of their shots and converted 8-of-14 free throws. Florida Southern committed 12 turnovers and forced Shorter into 23 miscues.


  • Florida Southern will open the home portion of its schedule on Monday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.