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Patriot Women battle Lady Cobras on Saturday

FLORENCE, S.C. – Continuing its seven-game season-opening home stand, the Francis Marion University women’s basketball team will entertain local-rival Coker College on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Smith University Center.

General admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students (FMU students are admitted free with their ID). The game will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence’s Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://www.pennatlantic.com/main.php?module=event-results&searchIt=yes

Francis Marion is 2-0 after a pair of 30-point wins over Converse College and Fayetteville State University, while Coker is 0-2 with losses to UNC Pembroke and Division I Winthrop University.

FMU leads the series with Coker 30-3, although the teams have only met four times over the past 11 seasons, including a 99-60 win in Hartsville last year. The Patriots have won the past eight meetings in the series.

Junior Shannon Singleton-Bates leads Francis Marion with a 14 points per game average, while senior forward Precious Tucker is averaging 13 ppg and 8.0 rebounds per game.

The Lady Cobras are led in scoring and rebounding by 5-11 senior forward Henna Koponen at 13.5 ppg and 10 rpg.

Francis Marion has not lost a non-conference game since January 4, 2007, having won 16 straight under third-year coach Heather Macy. FMU has also won 16 of its last 17 home contests.

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Last Published: December 2, 2009 12:31 PM
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