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FMU’s SSB earns WBCA honorable mention All-America recognition

FLORENCE, S.C. – For the second consecutive year, Francis Marion University junior guard-forward Shannon Singleton-Bates has earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA).

The WBCA and State Farm recently announced the 10-member NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team and the honorable mention list that includes 30 players.

Singleton-Bates, a native of South Norwalk, Conn., led the Patriots in scoring at 16.0 points per game. The 5-10 swing player also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game, while connecting on 47 percent of her field goal attempts, including 41.7 percent from three-point distance, and 67.1 percent of her free throws. These numbers were compiled while only playing 24.9 minutes per game.

She scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games, including nine games of 20 or more points, and ranked sixth in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring and steals and 12th in field goal percentage.

With one year remaining in her career, Singleton-Bates already stands 18th on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,215 points.

Singleton-Bates helped lead Francis Marion to a 27-5 record, a No. 20 national ranking, and the squad’s third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. FMU advanced to the round of 32 at the Southeast Regional.

Singleton-Bates is a product of Norwalk High School, where she was a two-time first-team All-State selection and a three-time All-Conference and All-Area pick, while scoring more than 1,300 career points.

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Last Published: April 12, 2010 3:01 PM
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