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

FLORENCE, S.C. – For the third consecutive year, Francis Marion University senior 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 19.6 points per game. The 5-10 swing player also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, while connecting on 45.2 percent of her field goal attempts, including 36.4 percent from three-point distance, and 73.9 percent of her free throws.

She scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games, including 15 games of 20 or more points, and ranked second in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring, eighth in three-point field goal percentage, 10th in steals, 12th in field goal percentage, and 14th in free throw percentage. She placed ninth nationally among Division II’s top scorers this season.

Singleton-Bates helped lead Francis Marion to an 18-10 record and the program’s fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. She tallied 20 points as FMU lost to the eventual national champion in the Southeast Regional.

She ended her standout career with 1,743 points, seventh-best on the FMU all-time chart and the sixth-highest total in PBC history. She also totaled 523 career rebounds, 219 steals (tied for ninth on Patriot all-time list), and 113 assists.

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 4, 2011 3:46 PM
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