FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will host North Georgia College & State University for a key Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Wednesday evening (Feb. 9) as the school holds its annual Girl Scouts Night. The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students with FMU students being admitted free with a valid identification card.
The men’s game will be broadcast on WWFN The Fan, 100.1 FM, while both games will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence’s Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://fmu.nmtvsports.com/
The FMU women have won a season-high seven straight contests to improve to 15-5 overall and 8-4 in the PBC’s East Division standings. North Georgia has lost its last three games, is 13-9 overall, and is tied for fourth place in the West Division with a 4-7 mark.
FMU senior Shannon Singleton-Bates is ranked seventh nationally in scoring with a 20.5 ppg average. Senior point guard Robin Colbert needs only three steals to pass former guard Kevina Ransom for third place on the FMU career steals list. She currently owns 287 career thefts and is also seventh in career assists with 361.
Sophomore 5-10 forward Janyce Ealey leads North Georgia with 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Francis Marion has won the last six meetings to take a 7-5 series lead with the Lady Saints. The Francis Marion men (13-7, 6-6) will be looking to snap a two-game skid. FMU is fourth in the East Division, but only a half-game out of second place. The top two finishers in each division host first-round PBC Tournament contests.
North Georgia leads the all-time men’s series 7-4, but FMU won the lone meeting last season.
Junior 6-5 forward Liki Turner leads four Patriots scoring in double digits with season averages of 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Senior 6-6 forward Simel Boyd is averaging 12.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg, and needs only 18 points to become only the seventh Patriot in team history to rank among the Top 20 in career totals for points (927), rebounds (546), and steals (105).
Senior guard Carl Taylor paces North Georgia (8-12, 5-6) with a 16.0 ppg average.