DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – The Florida Southern women's basketball team upped its record to 3-2 on the nascent season by winning at Embry-Riddle, 65-49, on Wednesday night, in the Sunshine State Conference opener for both schools.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Host Embry Riddle (1-3) scored the first two baskets of the game, before Florida Southern freshman forward Aubrey Burke made a jumper from the left side to cut the score to 4-2. With just under four minutes to play in the first quarter, Jenike made a pull-up jumper to give the Mocs their first lead of the game, 7-6. The Mocs then went on a 7-0 run, taking advantage of three offensive rebounds during that stretch. The Mocs would lead 14-10 after the first ten minutes of play.
- 2nd Quarter | As the second stanza began, the Eagles went on a small run of their own, leading by as many as five with 7:28 to play. Then Shell made a layup, followed by a pair of Jenike free throws, and suddenly the Mocs were down only one. With 2:42 to go, a Sara Wroblewska steal led directly to a fast-break three pointer for Jenike, and suddenly the Mocs took the lead at 25-23. It was a lead Southern would not relinquish again. Sophomore guard Mackenzie Steele would wrap up the scoring in the half, making a pull-up jumper from the right wing, off an Eagles turnover.
- 3rd Quarter | The Moccasins opened the third quarter in strong fashion, pushing the lead to as many as seven points on a layup from Pazzaglia-Khomenko at the 8:40 mark. Minutes later, the lead would extend to double digits at 39-29, as Jenike grabbed another FSC offensive rebound and made the put back basket. However, the Mocs would go cold offensively, with the Eages going on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to make the game a two-point contest. But once again, Jenike would come to the rescue, nailing a step-back jumper from the top of the key to stem the ERAU run and give a boost of confidence to the Red and White. After three, FSC led, 42-38.
- 4th Quarter | Sophomore guard Bekki Kalaydjiev would push the lead back to six with a jumper with 7:54 to play. The Moc defense continued to shine, holding Embry-Riddle scoreless for a three minute span, as the lead swelled to as many as ten, on a jumper by senior point guard Elsa Landberg. The Eagles would manage only five points over the final 6:4 of the game, as the Mocs won by a 65-49 score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Mocs have traded wins and losses so far this season, and are now 3-2 on the season.
- Jenike had the hot hand all night, making seven of her 14 shots (50%), including two of her five three-point attempts.
- Shell's 11 points came on four-of-five shooting from the floor, and three-of-four free throws.
- The Mocs won the battle of the boards, 32-31, including 11 offensive rebounds.
- Southern had 14 steals on the night, led by Kalaydjiev's six.
- After four consecutive home games, tonight was the first road contest of the season for Florida Southern.
- FSC has now beaten ERAU seven of their 11 all-time meetings. Tonight's victory snaps a five-game losing stretch at the ICI Center on Embry-Riddle's campus, including neutral-site tournament games.
- The Mocs continue a four-game road swing, heading to Miami Shores to face SSC foe Barry University on Saturday, November 23.