Florida Southern College came into the McArthur Center Wednesday, Feb. 20 on a mission to stay atop and climb the ranks in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC), and they did just that.
The Eckerd women’s basketball team put together a strong third quarter but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Mocs in what would end up being a 69-56 loss for the Tritons.
The Tritons struggled with turnovers early, not scoring until the 7:09 mark in the first quarter. Junior Octavia Loll made the first three pointer for Eckerd and finished with 12 points in 32 minutes.
“We could have taken care of the ball a little better in the first half,” Women’s Head Basketball Coach Paul Honsinger said.
Eckerd had nine turnovers in the first half compared to Florida Southern’s four, which was enough to grow the lead to 13. The Tritons scored 32 in the second half on 54 percent shooting from three, up from their 27 percent in the first half.
“We really sparked ourselves in the second half, made the comeback we needed to cut it [the lead] down to five and that was our opportunity right there,” Honsinger said. “I don’t think we capitalized on it as well as we could have, we had some good lucks at the basket a couple shots rimmed out.”
Senior Chelsea Johnson led the Tritons with 15 points in 35 minutes sinking four three-pointers. Eckerd had three other players score double digits, Loll (12), senior Yarden Danan (13) and junior Zoe Richards (12).
The men’s team didn’t fare any better Wednesday night, dropping their 17th conference game 91-80. The Tritons now hold the fourth spot in the conference standings.
Eckerd kept it close in the first half, only trailing by two points. Players shot 45 percent from the field in the first half, allowing them to score the 39 points that would keep the game close.
Ultimately, they weren’t able to keep the Mocs off the board, and struggled to score themselves.
“That stretch in the second half, we turned the ball over and our transition defense was just poor,” Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Ryan said.
Eckerd had less turnovers in the second half (5) compared to the first half (9) however, they came in critical times which helped spark Florida Southern’s offense. Junior Myron Hagins lead the Tritons with 22 points nailing six three pointers in 31 minutes.