LAKELAND, FL - Jensen Blassage poured in 22 points off the bench as Florida Southern College women's basketball blew past Lynn, 69-46, in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (10-3, 5-2 SSC) held the Fighting Knights (6-8, 2-5) to just 17 points in the first half en route to their third-straight victory.
The Mocs had three players score in double figures and held the Knights to just 38.0 percent from the floor in a dominant defensive effort. Florida Southern forced Lynn into 26 turnovers, which led directly to 21 points for the Mocs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern behind early as Lynn scored the first five points, but a 13-0 run gave the Mocs all the momentum they would need for the rest of the game. Trailing 5-0 at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter, the Moccasins clamped down on defense and held the Knights scoreless for the next five-plus minutes to take a 13-5 lead.
• Leading 15-9 to start the second quarter, the Mocs saw their lead cut to six points (21-15) with 4:55 to go in the first half. It would be all the closer that Lynn would get as Florida Southern ended the half on a 13-2 run to take a 34-17 lead into the locker room. The Mocs earned the advantage thanks to a fantastic performance at the free-throw line, hitting 11-of-13 from the charity stripe over the first 20 minutes.
• The Mocs were able to blow the game wide open in the third quarter as they outscored the Knights 24-11. Leading 46-28 with 2:54 to go in the third, the Moccasins reeled off 12-straight points to end the quarter. Florida Southern held Lynn to just 29.4 percent (5-of-17) in the third quarter.
• Although the Knights outscored the Mocs 18-11 in the fourth quarter, it would be far from enough to make up the deficit as the Mocs won their third-straight contest to keep pace at the top of the Sunshine State Conference standings.
• Blassage's 22 points came on a 9-of-12 shooting performance. She also went 4-of-6 at the free-throw line and grabbed four rebounds and three steals. Anja-Fuchs Robetin finished with 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Camille Giardina scored 12 points. Fuchs-Robetin grabbed four steals, tallied four blocks and dished out three assists.
• As a team, Florida Southern shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the floor and snagged 35 rebounds. The Knights hit just 19-of-50 shots and came away with 34 rebounds, and went just 3-of-8 from the charity stripe.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 30-14 all-time against Lynn, including 17-5 at Jenkins Field House. The Mocs have won six in a row against the Knights. FSC head coach Betsy Harris improved to 69-33 at Florida Southern and 137-70 for her career.
• Blassage improved her career point total to 1,100 to move into 16th place in school history in career scoring. Giardina, who entered Saturday's game with 895 career points, pushed her career total to 907 and needs just 93 more to become the 22nd player in program history with 1,000 career points. Fuchs-Robetin is 241 points away from joining the 1,000-point club.
• The Moccasins outscored the Knights 34-24 in the paint and 21-10 in points off turnovers. Fuchs-Robetin has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season, while Giardina has done so in each of the team's last nine games.
• Florida Southern travels to Barry on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a 5:30 p.m. game before returning home to face a nationally-ranked Rollins squad at home on Jan. 13.