FLORENCE, SC – Despite winning its one game last week in convincing fashion, the Francis Marion University women’s basketball team remained 17th in this week’s USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 coaches’ poll released on Tuesday (Jan. 26). This as the opening region polls of the season have been announced and as both the Francis Marion women and men prepare for a key Peach Belt Conference weekend road trip.
FMU will play at Georgia College & State University on Friday night in Milledgeville, Ga. The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. The Patriots will then travel to Alabama to face PBC newcomer University of Montevallo on Sunday afternoon. The women’s game will tip-off at 2:30 p.m. (eastern time), followed by the men’s contest at 4:30 p.m.
Follow all the action and results of both twinbills through the FMU athletics website at www.fmupatriots.com.
The first NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings of the 2009-10 season were released on Wednesday with the FMU men ranked second and the women listed fifth.
The Francis Marion women are 15-2 overall and 7-1 in the Peach Belt, and have won their last five contests. FMU is second in the Peach Belt’s East Division, 1.5 games out of the lead.
After being unranked in the 2009-10 preseason poll, Francis Marion has appeared in each of the eight regular-season polls at 22nd, 18th, 17th, 17th, 15th, 18th, 17th, and now 17th again. Unbeaten Franklin Pierce University (17-0) retains the top spot in the poll for the fourth straight week. Three PBC schools are in this week’s poll and one (Friday’s opponent GC&SU) is among the other schools receiving votes.
The Lady Bobcats are 13-4 overall and leading the West Division standings at 6-1.
The Francis Marion men have identical records to the women’s team – 15-2 overall and 7-1 in the PBC – and the Patriots are tied for the lead in the East Division standings.
Despite the stellar record, the Patriots did not receive any votes in this week’s Top 25 men’s poll. Friday opponent, GC&SU (14-2, 7-0), is ranked 25th this week. Sunday’s opponent, the Montevallo men (15-2, 5-2) are ranked 24th.