FLORENCE, S.C. – The unbeaten Francis Marion University women’s basketball team moved up one position to 17th in this week’s USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 coaches’ poll released on Tuesday (Dec. 8).
The 7-0 Patriots are currently taking a 10-day break for exams. FMU will return to action on Friday, Dec. 18, against Tusculum College (3-1) at 7:30 p.m. in the OrthoCarolina Classic in Wingate, N.C. The Patriots will play the host school, Wingate University (4-3), on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Francis Marion was ranked 14th in the final 2008-09 poll after finishing 27-5 and reaching the round of Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots were unranked in the 2009-10 preseason poll, but were the top school among the others receiving votes. FMU entered the first regular-season poll at the No. 22 spot and moved up to 18th in last week’s poll.
Michigan Tech (5-0) was a near unanimous choice for the top spot this week, receiving 23 of 26 first-place votes.
Two other Peach Belt Conference schools appeared in this week’s rankings, while two other members were among the other schools receiving votes.