FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Camille Giardina and Anja-Fuchs Robetin combined for 42 points and Katerina Pazzaglia Khomenko added 15 off the bench as Florida Southern College women's basketball won its seventh-straight game with a 79-72 victory over Nova Southeastern on Saturday at Rick Case Arena. The No. 17 Moccasins (10-1, 3-0 SSC) kept pace atop the Sunshine State Conference standings by knocking off the Sharks (6-5, 2-2) for the third-straight time.
Florida Southern trailed by seven (52-45) late in the third quarter, but went on a 16-4 run to end the period and regain the lead for good en route to its 10th win of the season. The 10-1 start is the best through 11 games since the 2015-16 season, when the Mocs went 14-1 through their first 15 games on their way to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Florida Southern was slow out of the gate as Nova Southeastern jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first minute and led by as many as six points (10-4) in the first three minutes of action. But the Moccasins pieced together a quick 8-0 run to jump in front by two (12-10) when Anja Fuchs-Robetin hit a layup through contact to draw a foul and hit the ensuing layup. The Mocs held the Sharks to just three points over the final seven minutes of action to take a 21-13 lead after one quarter.
- 2nd Quarter | The Moccasins stayed in front until the 6:25 mark of the second quarter then NSU drilled a three-pointer to tie things up (27-27) and looked as if it may take the lead into halftime when it led 37-34 with just over a minute to go in the half. However, Southern rallied with a 7-0 run in the final minute of action to take a 41-37 lead into the locker room.
- 3rd Quarter | The Sharks opened the second half with a 9-0 run to go up by 46-41 with 6:43 to go in the third and led by as many as seven points (52-45) with just under five to go, but Florida Southern battled back with a 16-4 run over the final 4:25 of the period to make it 61-56 after three quarters.
- 4th Quarter | Both teams traded the lead several times in the fourth, but Florida Southern was able to 6-0 run late in the contest to turn a 68-67 lead into a 74-67 advantage. The Sharks sliced the deficit to just two points (74-72) with 29 seconds left, but the Mocs went 5-of-6 from the line down the stretch to seal the win.
- The Moccasins shot a combined 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the floor an went 15-of-19 at the free-throw line while holding the Sharks to 43.1 percent (22-of-51). Giardina had a game-high 25 points to go along with five steals, four assists, and three rebounds. Fuchs-Robetin chipped in with 17 points and Pazzaglia-Khomenko went 7-of-11 from the floor for her second double-digit performance in the last three games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 20-19 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including a 9-10 mark when facing the Sharks on the road. The win gave Moccasin head coach Betsy Harris her 95th victory in five seasons at FSC. She is 95-36 at Florida Southern and 163-63 in her career.
- Senior guard Camille Giardina ranks ninth in school history in scoring with a career total of 1,475 points after scoring six in the win over Cedarville. She needs just 12 more to move into eighth place. Fellow senior Anja Fuchs-Robetin has upped her career point total to 1,219 points, good for 14th in the school record books. She needs 149 more to move into the top 10 in school history.
- In addition to her spot among the top-10 scoring leaders in school history, Giardina is fourth in the program record book in career three-pointers made (160). She is on pace to finish her career ranked third in made threes, needing 20 more to tie Brook Koelheim for third.
- Florida Southern remains on the road for a Jan. 2 matchup at Florida Tech and returns home to face Lynn on Jan. 5.