LAKELAND, FL – Four different players scored in double figures as Florida Southern College women's basketball picked up its fifth-straight win in a 91-65 blowout of Saginaw Valley State on Monday afternoon at Streamline Sale Arena at Jenkins Field House.
The No. 17 Moccasins (8-1) outscored the Cardinals (1-7) 50-30 in the first half and never trailed as they eclipsed 90 points for the second game in a row. Anja Fuchs-Robetin led the Mocs with 22 points, while Camille Giardina (20), Julia Jenike (17) and Katerina Pazzaglia-Khomenko (12) also tallied double-digit scoring totals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Although Florida Southern never trailed at any point in the game, the Moccasins were not able to separate themselves from a pesky SVSU squad early in the first quarter. Leading by just two (10-8) with 6:19 to go in the first period, Southern ripped off seven-straight points to take its first sizeable lead (17-8) and went on a 10-2 run over the final two minutes of the first to take a 29-14 lead after one period of play.
- 2nd Quarter | In the first five minutes of play in the second quarter, Florida Southern would push its lead to 18 points (40-22) before the Cardinals closed the gap to 13 (42-29) on Abby Duffy's layup at the 3:22 mark of the period. However, the Mocs outscored Saginaw Valley 8-1 the rest of the way to take a comfortable 50-30 lead into the locker room. Fuchs-Robetin scored 15 points in the first half en route to her 22-point outing.
- 3rd Quarter | The Mocs never saw their lead dip below 16 points in the third quarter as the hit the 70-point mark on Jenike's three with 1:08 in the period to make it 70-50. The Cardinals would not score a point the rest of the quarter as Florida Southern led 73-50 heading into the fourth.
- 4th Quarter | Florida Southern kept its foot in the gas in the final period, pushing its lead to as many as 32 points (90-58) when Marta Aranda connected from long range in the final three minutes. SVSU hit a layup just before the final buzzer to make the final tally 91-65.
- Fuchs-Robetin finished 8-of-11 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with three steals a block. Giardina finished 6-of-16 on the night and went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, while Jenike went 6-of-10, including 5-of-7 from long range.
- Florida Southern shot 41.3 percent on the day while holding SVSU to 36.8 percent. The Moccasins finished with a 48-39 edge in rebounds and forced the Cardinals into 22 turnovers, which resulted in a 22-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 1-0 all-time against Saginaw Valley State as Monday was the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris picked up her 93rd win at the helm of the program, pushing her career coaching record to 161-63. She is 93-36 in five seasons at FSC.
- Giardina pushed her career scoring total to 1,444. She needs 43 more to take over eighth place in the school record books. Fuchs-Robetin has now scored 1,177 points in her career, good for a tie for 15th all-time. She is seven points away from moving into a tie for 14th.
- The Mocs have scored 90 or more points in back-to-back contests for the first time since the start of the 2015-16 campaign when they scored 95 against Payne (95-61) and 94 against Clark Atlanta (94-80) in back-to-back games.
- FSC has scored at least 90 points in four different games this season, which is the most 90-point games since also posting four 90-point performances during the 2008-09 campaign.
- Florida Southern will take on Cedarville at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in its final non-conference contest of the season. The Mocs will be off for 11 days for the Christmas holiday and return to action at Nova Southeastern on Dec. 29.