FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the second of three consecutive Peach Belt Conference home doubleheaders on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7) as the Patriots entertain Clayton State University.
The women’s game will tip-off at 1:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 3:30 p.m. General admission to the game is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID).
The men’s game will be broadcast on WWRK 105.9 FM, WWRK 1400 AM, and WDSC 800 AM and both contests will be televised live on Channel 11 of Florence’s Time Warner Cable system as well as streamed on the internet at http://www.ustream.tv/fmupatriots
The Francis Marion women are 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the PBC. Clayton State (14-1, 4-0) has won 11 straight games, is ranked fifth in the latest Top 25 poll, and the Lakers are the defending NCAA Division II national champions.
FMU trails in the all-time series 15-12, and the Lakers defeated the Patriots in last year’s NCAA Tournament en route to the title.
The Patriot women are led by sophomore guards Brittany Christian and Emilee Dunton, both averaging 10.4 ppg. Dunton missed Wednesday’s contest with an illness, but is expected to see action on Saturday. Junior point guard Carmella Thompson continues to lead the team in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and assists (4.5 apg), while averaging 8.7 ppg. FMU is ranked 21st nationally in rebounding margin, outboarding their opponents by 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Laker women are led by 5-10 senior Tanisha Woodard (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Clayton State is ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 48.9 ppg.
The FMU men are 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the Peach Belt, while Clayton State is 8-4 and 1-3. The Lakers lead the all-time series 14-6.
The Patriot men are led by senior 6-5 forward Liki Turner (16.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg), who has upped his career scoring total to 1,426.
The Clayton State men are led by 6-5 senior guard Teondre Williams at 20.8 ppg.