LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball set four program records en route to a 116-48 victory on Monday night inside Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (3-0) used a 75-point first half to defeat Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (0-2). Sophomore Julia Jenike led all players with 19 points.
Florida Southern set a program record with 17 made three-pointers, Mackenzie Steele (5-10) and Monet Burkett (5-8) did most of the scoring from beyond the arc as 30 points came from their hands. Six Mocs recorded double-digit point totals, including all five starters and Steele off the bench. Senior Mercedez Claybrone recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern went up 4-3 in the first minute before going on a 21-0 run to take control of the game. Camille Giardina led the Mocs with 10 points in the first quarter as she made all six shots she took, including two from beyond the arc. Claybrone and Steele followed Giardina with nine points each. Claybrone recorded six of her nine points in the final two and a half minutes of the first quarter.
- UPRM opened the scoring in the second quarter but the Mocs had a different plan as they went on a 25-3 run on the way to totaling 40 points in the second quarter. Scoring was a little more even across the board as eight of the nine players for the Mocs recorded four or more points in the quarter. Florida Southern's bench outscored UPRM (16-14). The Mocs took advantage of the free points as they went 14-of-15 from the free-throw line. The Mocs went into the locker room with a record-setting 75 points in the first half.
- Florida Southern would open the third quarter on a 15-0 run as the bench would outscore the team's starters by three. Jenike (10) and Burkett (8) individually outscored UPRM (6) in the third quarter. The Mocs tallied five steals on ten turnovers by UPRM. With 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Marta Aranda tied the school record with 15 team three-pointers made in a game.
- The fourth quarter was the only quarter where the Mocs were outscored by UPRM (12-19). Florida Southern recorded its largest lead of the game as it went up by 83 with 6:35 left in the final quarter. Turnovers and missed shots contributed to the Mocs lowest scoring frame on the evening. Jenike tied the school record for total points in a game to make the score 112-29. Just two minutes later freshman Ashley Shell would break the tie with two more points. After a free throw by Shell, Bekki Kalaydjiev would set a new program record at 116 points in a game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern set four program records on the evening. The 75 points in the first half surpassed the previous record for points in a half of 66, set back in 1978 vs. Eckerd.
- With 35 points in the first quarter, the Mocs tied the program record and in the second quarter set a new program record of 40 points in an individual quarter. (NCAA Division-II women's basketball switched to quarters prior to the 2016-17 season)
- The Mocs went 17-of-28 from outside the arc. Prior to tonight's 17 made three-pointers, the record was 15, a feat accomplished back in 2009 at Flagler when the Moccasins went 15-of-29.
- In the final quarter, Kalaydjiev would set a new program record at as she made free throw gave the Mocs 116 points on the evening.
- This was the first 100-point game for the Mocs since a 103-82 victory vs. North Georgia in 2009.
- The Mocs forced 18 steals off 30 turnovers by UPRM.
- Florida Southern will travel to St. Petersburg for Eckerd's Thanksgiving Classic. The Mocs will take on Le Moyne (Nov. 23) and Daemen (Nov. 24). Florida Southern will open Sunshine State Conference play when they host Tampa on Nov. 28.