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Three Mocs Score in Double Figures as Women's Basketball Wins at ERAU, 65-49

Three Mocs Score in Double Figures as Women's Basketball Wins at ERAU, 65-49

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.

Junior guard Julia Jenike led all scorers with 18 points, while sophomore forward Ashley Shell chipped in 11 and senior forward Katerina Pazzaglia-Khomenko added ten.

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.

UP NEXT

  • The Mocs continue a four-game road swing, heading to Miami Shores to face SSC foe Barry University on Saturday, November 23.