WINTER PARK, Fla. – Three Moccasins recorded double-digit points as the Florida Southern College women's basketball team extended its win streak to three. The Mocs (9-6, 6-1 SSC) Were slow to find a grove before holding on to pick up a 60-56 victory at Rollins (9-5, 2-4 SSC). Junior forward Julia Jenike led the Mocs with 13 points while sophomores Ashley Shell and Mackenzie Steele each totaled 12 points in the win.
Florida Southern moved its win streak to three to begin the new decade. With the loss tonight, Rollins snapped a three-game win streak.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• 1st Quarter | Katerina Pazzaglia-Khomenko opened the scoring to give the visitors the first lead of the game. That lead was short-lived as the Tars would take the ball down the court to take a 3-2 lead. Steele was finally able to get her first points of the game as she would give the Mocs a 4-3 lead, their final lead of the first 10-minutes. Rollins would use a 5-0 run to quickly build a lead (7-4) they would not relinquish in the opening quarter. After Pazzaglia-Khomenko got the Mocs within one, the Tars pulled away as they extended their lead to six, 12-6. With 11 seconds remaining, Jenike would give the Mocs some momentum heading into the second quarter as she pulled the visitors within one, 16-15.
• 2nd Quarter | Sophomore Ashley Shell would give Florida Southern just its third lead in the game as she was fouled on a made second-chance layup and after the made free throw the Mocs would lead 18-16. The two teams would go back and forth as neither team would lead by more than two points. Bekki Kalaydjiev would give the Mocs a 29-28 advantage with 24 seconds to go in the half. At the other end of the court, a late foul by Shell would put the Tars' Tianna Rosser at the line to shoot two and for the lead, she would make both free throws and give the home team a 30-29 lead heading into the 15-minute break.
• 3rd Quarter | Florida Southern used a 6-0 run to open the third quarter to build a 35-30 lead as Steele connected for three. Rollins would score its first points of the third quarter on a jumper at the 4:09 mark for a 35-32 Florida Southern lead. FSC would begin to pull away as Steele increased the Mocs lead to six with a pair of made free throws. Elsa Landberg would give the Mocs some breathing room as she nailed a jump shot as time expired to end the third quarter. The visitors would lead (43-38) heading into the final quarter of play.
• 4th Quarter | Aranda gave the Mocs the biggest lead of the game up to that point as she hit a jump shot 15 seconds into the final quarter for a 45-38 Southern lead. FSC would go cold on offense as Rollins took advantage and went on an 8-1 run during the middle part of the fourth quarter to cut the visitor's lead to just one. The Tars offense would keep the Mocs scrambling as they responded to each score by Florida Southern. Just as it seemed Rollins was poised to take the lead Rachel Lia would misplay a ball that allowed the Mocs to gain possession. In efforts to keep time on the clock, the Tars fouled Landberg. She would hit both free throws for a 57-54 advantage. Adding more pressure to the Mocs offense the home team's Jaylyn Harrison would cut the Florida Southern lead to two (58-56). Rollins would send Jenike to the line in the final second of play and she would make both shots to seal a 60-56 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Rollins held a 46-33 advantage in rebounds. Pazzaglia-Khomenko led the Mocs with eight, while Shell grabbed six – three on each end of the court.
• Southern forced 15 Rollins turnovers on the night, leading directly to 12 points, while none of the Mocs six turnovers resulted in points for the Tars. Shell led the team with a pair of steals, while four others also recorded steals in the victory.
• Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris picked up the 192nd win of her illustrious career. She is now 124-45 in six seasons at Florida Southern and was 68-27 in three seasons at Coastal Georgia. Harris is 8 wins shy of hitting 200 for her career, and is third all-time in coaching wins at Florida Southern, trailing only Norm Benn (250) and Diane Foli (170).
• Florida Southern will head to Eckerd on Wednesday, January 15. The Mocs will return to the Jenkins Field House for a 5:30 p.m. meeting with Barry on Saturday, January 18.