Mocs slay Lions in 14th straight win

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Photo Courtesy Mikaela Queen/FSC Athletics

Reems Landreth

Camille Giardina (20 pts) and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (21 pts) combined for 41 points in a 68-34 win over Saint Leo University.

The Mocs now have 11 straight wins against the Lions of Saint Leo.

No. 12 Florida Southern (17-1, 10-0 SSC) came into the matchup riding a 13 game winning streak and a No. 12 ranking nationally while Saint Leo (7-11, 2-8 SSC) came into the contest after dropping back to back games.

The Mocs got off to a slow start on offense, scoring only 8 points in the opening seven minutes, but the strong Southern defense held the Lions to ony 4 points over the same time. A three by Elsa Landberg put the Mocs into double digits (11-4) and assisted Marta Aranda’s three to end the first quarter with a 10 point lead, 14-4.

Saint Leo opened the second half with a jumper before Southern took control, outscoring the Lions 9-2 over the stretch to extend the lead to 15 (23-8) with 5:19 left in the half. The Lions Madelin Lang put her team into double digits with 4:48 left for the last Saint Leo field goal of the half. The Mocs traded free throws with the Lions for the remainder of the half, finishing off the first half with a 29-13 lead.

The second half looked the same as every other second half in this current win streak as Giardina and Fuchs-Robetin took command of the contest, scoring a combined 17 in the third and 9 in the fourth before being taken out with over seven minutes left in the contest.

Giardina finished the contest with 20 points and 5 rebounds while Fuchs-Robetin finished off with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. The win extends Florida Southern’s win streak to 14, tying the 1985-86 team for the fourth longest win streak in school history.

Southern will have the weekend off before making the trip down Interstate 4 to play the University of Tampa (13-5, 7-3 SSC) at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center in Tampa, Fla.. That game will start at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed on the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network.

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