FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University women’s basketball program has announced its All-Decade Team for the first 10 years of this century (2000s), a squad that includes five 1,000-point scorers and three of the top assists leaders.
The team was selected by a committee at the university. The eight-member team joins the previously announced 20th-anniverary squad that was named in 1994. A player needed to have played at least two seasons during the decade to qualify.
The squad consists of 5-7 guard Jennifer Dyer (2007-09), 6-0 center Jontell Johnson (1999-2003), 6-0 guard-forward Danielle Moore (2002-06), 5-5 guard Kevina Ransom (2007-09), 5-10 forward Creshenda Singletary (2004-09), 5-7 guard-forward Christy Thomas (1998-2002), 5-7 guard Christy Wright (1997-2001), and 5-6 guard Brittany Young (2004-08).
Six of the players were members of FMU squads that reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. Dyer, Ransom, and Singletary were part of the two most recent Patriot squads that captured back-to-back Peach Belt Conference regular-season titles.
Dyer, a native of Wake Forest, N.C., averaged 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game over two seasons and 62 games. A three-point marksman, she connected on 36.6 percent of her three-point attempts and recorded 177 steals – an average of nearly three per contest.
Johnson, a native of Charleston, averaged 8.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg during a four-year career that span 119 games. A lanky pivot player, she finished second on the program’s list for career blocked shots with 231. She hit on 50.3 percent of her shots from the floor and 73.3 percent of her free throw attempts. An All-Peach Belt Conference selection in 2003 and the FMU team MVP that same year, Johnson fell just five points shy of the 1,000-point barrier, while grabbing 816 rebounds, eighth-best in FMU history.
Moore, a native of Owings Mills, Md., averaged 11.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 113 career games. She stands 13th all-time in points scored (1,340), 20th in rebounds (602), and eighth in blocked shots (113). She also compiled career totals of 204 steals and 203 assists. She was an All-PBC selection in 2006 while helping lead the Patriots to the PBC Tournament championship game. She was also named team MVP that same season.
Ransom, a native of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.6 apg, and 3.2 rpg in her two seasons at FMU. In just 62 games, she stands third all-time in career steals (289) and eighth in assists (347). She holds the school’s single-game steals record (12) and as a junior she led the nation in steals per game at 4.9 (she ranked second nationally as a senior). She was an honorable mention All-American pick as a senior as well as earning All-PBC and All-Region honors. She was named the team MVP as a junior in 2008.
Singletary, a native of Johnsonville and a product of Johnsonville High School, played in 92 games over four seasons and averaged 11.5 ppg and 4.8 rpg. She tallied 1,057 points, 445 rebounds, and 109 steals. She was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference Team in 2005 and was selected as the PBC Freshman of the Year following her first season wearing the red, white, and blue.
Thomas, a native of Maryville, Tenn., played on three teams that reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and averaged 9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, and 2.4 apg in 121 career contests. She scored 1,153 career points, which is 22nd all-time at FMU, and stands 13th in career assists with 289. She also recorded 417 rebounds and 187 steals, while connecting on 36.7 percent of her three-point shots. She was an All-PBC selection in 2002 and was named the FMU team MVP in 2002.
Wright, a native of Durham, N.C., ended her career in an elite group of Division II players who amassed 1500 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists. In 126 games covering four seasons, she averaged 12.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, and 4.2 rpg. A three-time All-Conference choice, she stands seventh on the FMU career scoring list (1,546) and third in assists (547). She hit 35.7 percent of her three-pointers and 72.4 percent of her free throws. She was named the MVP of the prestigious Disney Tip-Off Classic in 1999, was an All-Region selection in 1999, and was named the FMU team MVP in 2001.
Young, a native of Moncks Corner, played in 115 contests and averaged 10.4 ppg, 4.6 apg, and 3.6 rpg. She stands fourth on the school’s career assists list with 531, only 16 behind Wright. She is 10th in career steals (214) and 17th in scoring with 1,200 points. She also grabbed 411 career rebounds, was a two-time team MVP, and earned All-Peach Belt Conference honors in 2008.
The team will recognized during Homecoming activities on Feb. 20.