The Florida Tech Panthers came out on the losing end of a foul fest Wednesday night, losing to the first place, 12th-ranked Florida Southern Moccasins 72-56 in Lakeland, Florida.
Tereza Sedlakova had 20 points and nine rebounds, while Cheyenne Scott got eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter alone. Kailyn Ebb led the Panthers with 10 rebounds. They won the rebounding battle 33-28 over the Mocs.
There were 43 personal fouls called in this game, 20 of them on the Panthers. Head coach John Reynolds picked up a technical with 5:48 left in the game, not happy with a foul that was called moments earlier against the Panthers.
Florida Tech (7-14, 3-10 SSC) won the second half 32-31 on the scoreboard, but unfortunately the Panthers had too big a hole to dig out of, with Florida Southern outscoring the Panthers 26-12 in the first quarter.
Amanda Allen got the first points of the game for the Panthers with a three. They then watched Florida Southern go on a 13-1 run and take control of the quarter.
Florida Southern senior Anja Fuchs-Robetin picked up her third foul of the game with 41 seconds left in the first quarter. She did not play in the second, but she did stay out of foul trouble the rest of the night, and finished with 23 points to lead the Mocs.
Florida Tech started the second quarter on a 6-0 run and cut the lead to 26-18, only to see Florida Southern score eight straight points in 53 seconds, to regain control. Florida Tech ended the half going 5:33 without a field goal and the Mocs did not score a point in the last 2:21 of the half. Even with that, Florida Southern led 41-24 at the half.
The Panthers got off to a good start in the third quarter with a 7-0 run, only to watch the home team answer with a 6-0 run and lead 49-31. Gudlaug Juliusdottir did hit a shot at the buzzer, but the Panthers trailed 57-39 with 10 minutes left.
The fourth quarter was won by the Panthers, thanks to those eight points by Scott. Florida Tech was also helped by a 6-0 run with 2:22 to go, but as they did most of the night, the Panthers went cold and did not score again the rest of the way.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Florida Southern Box Score
With the win, Florida Southern improved to 20-1 on the season and 13-0 in Sunshine State Conference play. The victory was their 17th in a row, good for second best in school history.
Next up for the Panthers is a road date against the Tampa Spartans on Saturday, February 9. Tip off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.