LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball earned the programs first Sunshine State Conference victory over the Eagles of Embry-Riddle, 75-59, on Wednesday night at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House. The Eagles (6-2, 1-2 SSC) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first 90 seconds of the game before the Mocs (6-1, 2-0 SSC) rallied off nine-straight unanswered points to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Camille Giardina led the game with 19 points while Mackenzie Steele (17) and Jirah Ards (11) each tallied double-digit point totals as the Mocs opened conference play 2-0. The Moccasins return to action on Thursday, Dec. 14 when they host Bluefield State at home.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | After the Eagles took command of the opening 90 seconds, jumping out to a 6-0 lead, but Florida Southern dominated the next three minutes to take control of the remainder of the quarter and take its final lead of the game. A lead that would never go back in favor of the Eagles. The Mocs pulled down four rebounds in the first quarter, all four came off missed three-point shots from the Eagles.
- 2nd Quarter | With a ten-point lead going into the second quarter the Mocs and Eagles traded baskets to open the second frame. Steele had her best quarter of the game as she totaled nine points and went 3-3 from beyond the arc. The Mocs were able to seize momentum late in the quarter by mounting an 8-0 run to extend their lead to a quarter-high 15 points. Florida Southern would go into the halftime break with a 14-point lead (43-29).
- 3rd Quarter | The two teams would see their offense go cold as both teams would combine for seven missed baskets in the middle part of the quarter. The Mocs outscored the Eagles 13-11 in the third, despite going just 6-17 (.353%) from the floor.
- 4th Quarter | Florida Southern took advantage of the charity stripe as they picked up 13 of its 19 fourth-quarter points. The Eagles went a 100 percent from the line but were only awarded two shots in the final quarter. Just as she did in the first quarter the Eagles' Lauren Ellenberger lead the visitors with five points in the fourth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern picked up its first official SSC victory over the Eagles. Last season, the Mocs dropped both regular season contest to one of the two newest members of the SSC, however, the FSC defeated ERAU in the conference final, 87-68 to win its 11th tournament title.
- Giardina continued to move up the all-time scoring list at Florida Southern by pushing her career point total to 1,405. She now ranks 9th in school history in career scoring, after passing Alicia Evans. Anja Fuchs-Robetin increased her career point total to 1,142 to move closer to Antonia Newman (1,164) for 17th in the all-time record books.
- Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris is 91-36 as the head coach at FSC and has a career record of 159-63 in eight seasons as a collegiate head coach.
- The Mocs are in the midst of a stretch of five-straight home games including matchups with Bluefield State (Dec. 13), Saginaw Valley (Dec. 17), and Cedarville (Dec. 18). FSC closes out the calendar year at Nova Southeastern (Dec. 29).