CLEVELAND, TN - Anja Fuchs-Robetin scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as Florida Southern College women's basketball earned a 77-63 win over Shorter in the season opener on Friday afternoon at the GSC/SSC Classic at Lee University.
The Moccasins (1-0) led 20-16 after the first quarter and never trailed as they defeated the Hawks (0-1) for the second-straight time. Fuchs-Robetin finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting while Jirah Ards (14), Jensen Blassage (13), Camille Giardina (12), and Jaddah Knight (11) each scored in double digits as the Mocs improved to 4-0 in season openers under head coach Betsy Harris.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern fell behind early as Shorter got on the board first with a three-pointer on its second possession of the game. The Moccasins were able to jump in front by an 8-5 score, but the Hawks battled back to take a 10-8 lead with 6:06 to play in the opening quarter. The Mocs tied things up on the next possession and took the lead for good when Fuchs-Robetin sunk a jump shot with 4:26 on the clock.
• The Moccasins held Shorter scoreless for the first three minutes of the second quarter to help build a 27-16 lead. Blassage put home a layup with 6:57 to give the Mocs their first double-digit lead of the day (29-16) at the 6:57 mark of the quarter. FSC would outscore Shorter 11-10 over the remainder of the half to take a 40-26 halftime lead.
• Florida Southern was able to keep its foot on the gas in the second half, never leading by less than 10 points en route to a convincing win. The Mocs held Shorter to just 32.8 percent (21-of-64) from the floor, including 7-of-19 from long range. Florida Southern went 25-of-56 (44.6 percent) on the day and went 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. FSC also finished 44-43 edge in rebounds.
• Fuchs-Robetin recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Blassage a had a team-high three assists and three steals. Eight of the 10 players who saw playing time scored at least once as Ards finished 3-of-5 from the floor in her collegiate debut.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 28-13 all-time in season openers and has won eight of its last 11 season-opening games. The Mocs have never lost a season opener under Betsy Harris, who moved to 4-0 in season openers as the head coach at FSC.
• Friday's game marked just the second time in school history that the Mocs have opened back-to-back seasons against the same opponent. Florida Southern faced Shorter in last year's season opener and squared off with Saint Leo in back-to-back season openers in 1980-81 and 1981-82. The Mocs are 2-0 all-time against Shorter after rolling to an 84-42 victory in Lakeland last season.
• The Mocs finished with a 26-22 edge in the paint and got 19 points from the bench. Shorter held a 26-9 advantage in second-chance points and a 22-16 edge in points off turnovers. Each team committed 20 turnovers on the day.
• Blassage increased her career point total to 951 and needs just 49 more points to become the 21st player in program history with 1,000 career points.
• Florida Southern caps off the weekend against Lee at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Mocs open Sunshine State Conference play on Nov. 15 at Saint Leo and faces Palm Beach Atlantic at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the home opener.