LAKELAND, Fla. - Marta Aranda and Katerina Pazzaglia Khomenko put up new career-highs as Florida Southern College women's basketball nailed 13 three-pointers in a 93-50 blowout of Alabama-Huntsville in the season opener on Friday afternoon at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (1-0) raced out to a 21-9 lead over the Chargers (0-1) after one quarter of action and torched the nets for 51 second-half points en route to their sixth-straight win in a season-opener.
Katerina Pazzaglia-Khomenko poured in 20 points of the bench to lead all scorers, while Mackenzie Steele (16), Bekki Kalaydjiev (12), and Julia Jenike (10) all scored in double figures. Florida Southern held UAH to just 25.0 percent (14-of-56) from the floor while hitting 50.7 percent (34-of-67) of its shots, and went 13-of-23 from beyond the arc.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Florida Southern never trailed in the game and the score was only tied twice, at 0-0 to start the game and 2-2 ith 8:13 on the clock in the first quarter. Leading by one (9-8) with just over four minutes to go, the Mocs went on a 12-1 run to end the period and led 21-9 after the opening 10 minutes of action. The Southern defense limited the Chargers to just 2-of-12 in the first quarter and forced five turnovers.
- 2nd Quarter | In the second quarter, UAH would come alive and climb to within five (29-24) thanks to a 15-8 run in the first six minutes of the period. However, Jenike and Steele nailed back-to-back threes with just over a minute to go to turn a seven-point lead (34-27) into a 13-point advantage (40-27), and the Moccasins led by 15 (42-27) at the half.
- 3rd Quarter | The Mocs took their first 20-point lead (47-27) on Pazzaglia-Khomenko's layup with 7:36 to go in the third and led by as many as 24 (58-34) in the third quarter before taking a 63-40 lead into the final period of play. Pazzaglia-Khomenko tallied six points in the third quarter as Florida Southern went 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the floor.
- 4th Quarter | Southern caught fire from long range in the third as it went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc and held the Chargers to just 3-of-16 from the floor, outscoring UAH 30-10 over the final 10 minutes of play. Aranda scored nine points and hit 3-of-4 from long range in the fourth, while Steele nailed both of her three-pointers and scored eight points. The Moccasins never led by less than 30 after Arand's three-pointer at the 6:21 mark made it 75-44.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 5-1 all-time against Alabama-Huntsville, including a perfect 3-0 at home. The Mocs have won three-straight games in the annual GSC/SSC Challenge, and are 6-0 in season-openers under head coach Betsy Harris.
- The 93 points scored by Florida Southern are the most against a non-conference opponent since scoring 93 against Bluefield State on Dec. 13, 2018. It is the seventh time in the last calendar year (35 games) that the Mocs have scored at least 90 points.
- The Mocs 13 made three-pointers are the most since going 15-of-25 from deep against Barry on Jan. 12, 2019. Aranda's 12 points were a career-high, as were Pazzaglia-Khomenko's 20.
- Florida Southern will face No. 14 Lee in the final game of the GSC/SSC Challenge at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Flames defeated Saint Leo by a final score of 75-66 in the first game on Friday.