LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Southern College women's basketball team rebounded in fine fashion on Wednesday night, besting visiting Rollins College, 74-59, in front of a raucous crowd in the Jenkins Field House. Wearing the home grey uniforms, the Mocs got a career night from junior guard Marta Aranda, who poured in 16 points, coming off the bench.
Florida Southern, 15-9 overall, keeps pace in the Sunshine State Conference with a record of 12-4. Rollins drops to 12-11 overall, and 5-10 in the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• 1st Quarter | After winning the opening tip, the Mocs got on the board quickly, as junior forward Julia Jenike hit a turn-around jumper in the paint to take a quick 2-0 lead. The Tars responded by scoring the next seven points, before senior guard Elsa Landberg hit a three pointer to bring the score to 7-5. Southern would eventually take the lead, 12-11, at the 1:19 mark, when sophomore forward Ashley Shell made a fast break layup. However, after one quarter, Rollins would lead, 14-12.
• 2nd Quarter | After a Rollins basket to open the half, the Mocs found their shooting touch. Sophomore Mackenzie Steele made a three-pointer, followed by one from Jenike, and another from Steele. With the Mocs now up 21-16, Rollins ran off four consecutive points to get back to within one. The Mocs responded with a 9-3 run, sparked by a pair of Jenike baskets, to lead 30-23, with 3:01 to play. Southern's defensive intensity picked up, resulting in two turnovers during that stretch. The Red and White would later finish the half on a 7-0 run, as Aranda made-back-to-back triples to bring the fans to their feet. The Mocs would lead, 37-25 at the half. For the second quarter, Southern made nine of its 13 shots from the field, a whopping 69.2%.
• 3rd Quarter | The storyline remained the same in the third quarter, with the Mocs shooting 64.7%, and the defense causing five turnovers. Aranda would score seven of her career-high 16 points in the third quarter, as the Mocs would run the lead to as many as 19. Southern would go on a 9-1 run to end the quarter, making the score 62-43.
• 4th Quarter | Southern continued to accelerate in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 more points. The lead would extend to as many as 22 points at the 8:11 mark, as sophomore forward Ashley Shell made a pair of free throws. Rollins would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way, with the final score of 74-59.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Tonight's win is the 198th in the illustrious career of head coach Betsy Harris. She has gone 130-48 in six seasons at Florida Southern, and was 68-27 in three seasons at Coastal Georgia, good for an overall record of 198-75. Harris' 130 wins at Florida Southern are third-best all-time among Moccasin head coaches, trailing only Norm Benn (250-97) and Diane Foli (170-93).
• For the game, Florida Southern shot 48.3% for the game, making 29 of 60 shots from the field. The Mocs shot 69.2% during the second quarter, and 64.7% for the third.
• Aranda came off the bench tonight and set a career-high by scoring 16 points, making six of her ten shots from the field, including four of seven from beyond the arc. Her previous high was 13 points, recorded against Embry-Riddle on February 1.
• Jenike poured in 20 points tonight, above her season average of 15.7 ppg. Jenike, who entered the game as the third leading scorer in the SSC, has now recorded 855 in her college career, including her freshman year at Florida Atlantic.
• A true team effort, the Mocs recorded 22 assists on 29 baskets. Aranda led the team with five helpers, while Jenike, Landberg, and sophomore guard Bekki Kalaydjiev each had four.
• The Mocs forced 18 Rollins turnovers, on 13 steals. Kalaydjiev had five to lead the team.
Southern will head to face Nova Southeastern on Saturday. That game, on February 15, will be broadcast by ESPN exclusively on ESPN.com and the ESPN app. Southern is running a fan bus to South Florida for the doubleheader. The cost is $25, which includes the bus trip, admission to the games, and food and beverages on the bus. Tickets can be purchased to contacting Finley Allen (email@example.com) or Al Green (firstname.lastname@example.org).