FLORENCE, SC – After winning two Peach Belt Conference road games in convincing fashion, 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 (Feb. 2). Both FMU basketball teams will make the short trip up I-95 to face UNC Pembroke on Wednesday evening (Feb. 3) in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.
The women's game will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's contest at 7:30 p.m. Follow all the action and results of the twinbill through the FMU athletics website at www.fmupatriots.com.
The Francis Marion women have won seven straight games, are 17-2 overall, and with a 9-1 conference mark stand second in the PBC'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 nine regular-season polls at 22nd, 18th, 17th, 17th, 15th, 18th, 17th, 17th, and now 15th. Unbeaten Franklin Pierce University (19-0) occupies the No.1 spot in the poll for the fifth straight week. Three PBC schools are in this week's poll and one is among the other schools receiving votes.
The UNCP women's team is 11-9 overall and tied for third in the East Division at 5-6. FMU defeated the Braves 77-65 last month in Florence.
Despite a 16-3 overall record and the fact that two of the losses were to nationally ranked teams, the Francis Marion men are still not receiving any votes in the NABC Top 25 poll. The Patriots are second in the East Division standings with an 8-2 mark, while UNCP (6-14, 2-9) is sixth.
The Patriot men also beat the Braves earlier this season in Florence by a 67-64 score.
Wednesday's game will end a three-game road trip for Francis Marion. The Patriots will play host to Armstrong Atlantic State University on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.