LAKELAND, FL - Four different players scored in double figures as Florida Southern College women's basketball ran its win streak to 11-straight with a 77-60 victory over Sunshine State Conference rival Barry on Saturday at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (18-3, 13-2 SSC) built a 23-18 lead after one quarter and used a stifling defensive effort in the second quarter to pull away from the Buccaneers (15-7, 8-6) and take a two-game lead in the conference standings after second-place Embry-Riddle lost at Nova Southeastern on Saturday.
Camille Giardina scored a team-high 19 points, while Jensen Blassage (17), Mercedez Claybrone (14), and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (11) also scored in double digits. The Mocs shot an impressive 50.0 percent (31-of-62) from the floor and force 18 Barry turnovers en route to the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Bucs were able to get out to an early lead (6-4) in the first three minutes of action, but the advantage would be short-lived as the Mocs scored four-straight points to take the lead. Barry took a 15-14 lead with 3:24 left in the first quarter, but Florida Southern ended the opening period on a 9-3 run to snag a 23-18 lead and never trailed again.
• The Moccasins were able to limit the Buccaneers to just 10 points in the second quarter and, although Barry trailed by just two (26-24) with 6:03 to go in the half, Florida Southern reeled off a 16-4 run to close out the half and take a 42-28 lead into the locker room. Barry scored just four points over the final four and a half minutes of the second quarter, while the Mocs put up 13 over the final four-plus minutes.
• In the second half, the Mocs never saw their lead dip below double-digits as they kept their foot in the gas and grabbed their 11th-straight win and improved to 8-1 in home games this season. Florida Southern won by double-digits for the 16th time this season.
• Giardina's 19 points came on an 8-of-16 effort from the floor and she also added four rebounds. Blassage went 7-of-12 from the field, while Fuchs-Robetin filled up the stat sheet with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in addition to her 11 points. Claybrone hit 6-of-11 shots, and Jirah Ards grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 48-17 all-time against Barry and has won four-straight in the series against the Buccaneers. The Moccasins moved to 26-4 when facing the Bucs at Jenkins Field House, and have won four-straight home games against Barry.
• Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris took one more step towards career win number 150 by improving her coaching record to 146-60, which includes a 78-33 record in four years at Florida Southern.
• Giardina improved her career scoring total to 1,081 to move into 17th place in program history in career scoring. Fuchs-Robetin moved closer to 1,000 career points by upping her career total to 914. She is on pace to become the third different Moccasin to hit 1,000 career points this year, joining Giardina and Blassage, the latter of whom improved her career scoring total to 1,216.
• Florida Southern's 11 game winning streak is tied for its best since 2010-11 when the Mocs won 11 in a from from Feb. 5-March 11 before falling to Delta State in the second round of the NCAA South Regional. The Mocs' 18-3 record through 21 games is the best since 1995-96 when Florida Southern also won 18 of its first 21 games en route to a 26-5 record,
• The Moccasins travel to Rollins on Wednesday before returning home to face Florida Tech on Saturday, Feb. 10 in their annual "Think Pink" game to raise awareness and funds to help in the fight against breast cancer.