LAKELAND, Fla. – A cold-shooting afternoon proved too much to overcome as Florida Southern College women's basketball fell to No. 14 Lee, 55-43, in the final game of the GSC/SSC Challenge on Saturday at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House.
The Moccasins (1-1) connected on just 30.0 (15-of-50) of their shots from the floor and were held to single digits in the first and third quarters as the Flames (2-0) won their second-straight contest. Julia Jenike led the Mocs with 11 points, but Lee had three players finish in double figures in the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Florida Southern got off to an extremely slow start, falling behind 6-0 in the early going as it failed to connect on its first five shot attempts, and scoring only on a pair of free throws before Ashley Shell hit the first bucket at the 5:13 mark to make it 8-4. Lee led by as many as six points (10-4) in the opening quarter before Jenike hit a three to make it 10-7 with 3:22 to go. However, the Flames scored five points in the final 1:10 of the period to take a 15-8 lead after one quarter of action.
- 2nd Quarter | After making their first two shots of the second quarter, the Mocs went cold again and missed four-straight as Lee grabbed its first double-digit lead (22-12) on Lindsey Roddy's layup with 5:33 to go in the half. The Mocs were able to pull within nine (24-15) on Jenike's three with 4:33 on the clock, but Southern missed its next six field-goal attempts and the Flames went up 24-12 before taking a 27-19 lead into the half.
- 3rd Quarter | The Mocs were able to clamp down defensively in the third quarter, holding Lee to just two points over the first four minutes of the second half. But Florida Southern scored just one bucket during that stretch and was only able to cut the deficit to eight (29-21) before the Flames went back up by double digits (31-21) on Roddy's jumper at the 5:20 mark. A big three-pointer by Camryn Grant put Lee up by 14 (35-21) with 2:15 on the clock and the Flames led 42-24 after the third.
- 4th Quarter | Florida Southern's cold shooting continued in the fourth quarter as the Mocs hit just two of their first seven shots and missed three, three-point attempts in the first five minutes as Lee maintained a sizeable lead (46-29) midway through the final period. Southern used a pair of threes from Mackenzie Steele and Jenike to spark an 8-0 run and slice the deficit to nine (46-37) with 3:40 left to play. A quick bucket by Lee put the Flames back up by double-digits (48-37) with just over three minutes to go, and the Moccasins would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way as Lee hung on for the win.
- Jenike led the Mocs with 11 points and was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, while Katerina Pazzaglia-Khomenko snagged a team-high nine rebounds. Grant led Lee with 15 points, and Haley Schubert scored 13.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 5-3 all-time against Lee, including a 4-2 mark when facing the Flames at home. Lee's victory snapped the Moccasins' streak of six-straight, regular-season home wins against non-conference opponents. The Mocs' last loss at home to a non-conference opponent in the regular season came on Dec. 16, 2016, against West Texas A&M.
- The Mocs' 30.0 percent from the floor is the team's lowest shooting percentage since connecting on 26.4 percent against Rollins in a 71-47 loss in the NCAA South Regional on March 10, 2017.
- The 43-point output is the lowest scoring total for Southern since scoring just 40 against Fayetteville State (L, 40-65) on Dec. 21, 2013. The Mocs turned the ball over 19 times but did outrebound the Flames 38-36.
- Florida Southern's bench outscored Lee's reserves 23-7, but the Flames outscored the Mocs 21-7 off turnovers and 18-1 on second-chance buckets. Lee finished with a 24-16 edge in the paint.
- Florida Southern remains at home for its next two games against Flagler (Nov. 13) and Bentley (Nov. 16). The Mocs open Sunshine State Conference action on the road at Embry-Riddle (Nov. 20) and Barry (Nov. 23).