DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Florida Southern College women's basketball ended its regular season with a 67-62 loss at Embry-Riddle. The Moccasins (22-4, 17-3 SSC) took a lead one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Eagles (21-6, 15-5 SSC) were able to open the final quarter with a 5-0 run to take the lead for the final time. Jensen Blassage (26), Camille Giardina (15) and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (13) all totaled double-digit points in the loss.
The Moccasins will find out later tonight who their opponent will be on Wednesday in a quarterfinal matchup in the SSC Tournament. Florida Southern won the SSC regular-season title and will enter the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Mocs got out to a slow start as the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to open the game. The Moccasin defense was able to limit the Eagles to just four points in the final 3:40 of the first quarter, but ERAU took a 21-12 after one period of play.
• Most of the second quarter was quiet as the Mocs were outscored 10-8. Florida Southern was able to end the half on a 4-0 run and cut the deficit to 11 at the break. Anja Fuchs-Robetin was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line in the second quarter to keep the Mocs within striking distance.
• Florida Southern outscored the Eagles in the third quarter 24-12 to take a one-point lead into the final quarter. The Moccasins opened the third quarter with 10-2 run and, with 33 seconds remaining in the period, were able to take their first lead of the game as Giardina layed one up to put the Mocs ahead 42-41. Blassage connected on another layup just before the third-quarter buzzer to make it 44-43 after three quarters of play.
• Embry-Riddle was able to hit a three to open the fourth quarter and never looked back as it built an 11-point lead halfway through the final quarter. The Mocs were able to cut the lead down to four points twice in the final 25 seconds, but Embry-Riddle was able to stay in front by going 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final 22 seconds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern dropped to 4-3 all-time against ERAU, including a 1-2 record when facing the Eagles on the road. The loss snapped a 15-game winning streak for the Mocs, which was the longest since the team won 26 in a row in 1994-95.
• Blassage made her 91st career start on Wednesday in her 112th career appearance. With 1,293 career points, Blassage currently ranks 12th in school history in scoring. Giardina improved her career scoring total to 1,197 to move into 13th in program history in scoring. Fuchs-Robetin increased her career scoring total to 980 and needs 20 more to become the 23rd player in school history, and the third this season, to score 1,000 points. Of those 980 points, she has scored 467 this season.
• Florida Southern outshot the Eagles in the third quarter 66.7 percent to 33.3 percent from the field. However, ERAU shot 48.9 percent for the game while limiting the Mocs to just 41.8 percent. The Eagles went 11-of-21 from long range, while the Moccasins hit just 2-of-11 three-point attempts.
• Florida Southern was outscored by ERAU 33-6 from outside the arc. The Mocs were 14-for-18 from the foul line while the Eagles went 12-for-18 from the line. ERAU also finished with a 31-26 edge in rebounds and scored 21 points off turnovers.
• The Moccasins will host an SSC Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with an opponent to be determined then the official SSC Tournament bracket is released later tonight. Florida Southern will also host the SSC semifinals (March 3) and championship (March 4) at Jenkins Field House.