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Patriot Women advance two spots in Top 25 poll

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University women’s basketball team moved up two positions to 15th in this week’s USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 coaches’ poll released on Tuesday (Jan. 5).

Both the Francis Marion women and men will play a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at Lander University on Wednesday night (Jan. 6) in Greenwood, S.C. The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. Live stats and video of the twinbill can be accessed through the FMU athletics website at www.fmupatriots.com.

The FMU women are 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the Peach Belt, while Lander (10-1, 3-0) is ranked 20th in this week’s Top 25 poll.

Francis Marion leads the all-time women’s series 50-21, but the programs have split the last six meetings. The Patriots have been victorious in each of their last two trips to Greenwood.

After being unranked in the 2009-10 preseason poll, Francis Marion has appeared in each of the five regular-season polls at 22nd, 18th, 17th, 17th, and now 15th. Franklin Pierce University (11-0) took over the top spot in this week’s poll.

The Francis Marion men are also 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the PBC and off to one of the best starts in the program’s history. The Patriots received votes in the Dec. 22 NABC Coaches’ Division II Top 25 poll, a first for FMU in six seasons. (The Jan. 5 poll had not been released at the time of this writing). Lander is 5-6 and 0-3.

FMU trails in the men’s series 45-36, the most regularly played series in the team’s history. Each team won on its home floor last season.

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Last Published: February 1, 2010 3:27 PM
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