FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin the new year with a trio of Peach Belt Conference home doubleheaders starting with a Wednesday night (Jan. 4) match-up with USC Aiken.
The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. General admission to the game is $8 for adults and $5 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID).
Both contests will be broadcast on WWRK 105.9 FM, WWRK 1400 AM, and WDSC 800 AM and 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 (5-4, 1-2) have won their last three games, while the 14th-ranked USCA women have won eight straight and are 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the PBC. FMU leads the all-time series 45-22. The two programs have evenly split the past 16 meetings.
The Patriot women are led by sophomore guards Brittany Christian (10.9 ppg) and Emilee Dunton (10.4 ppg). Junior point guard Carmella Thompson leads the team in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and assists (4.4 apg), while averaging 8.9 ppg.
The Pacer women are led by 5-11 sophomore forward Kayla Harris (13.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and 5-10 senior forward Hannah DeGraffinreed (13.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg).
The FMU men are 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Peach Belt, while USCA is 8-2 and 2-0. Francis Marion leads the all-time series 43-30, and that includes a 3-3 mark in the past six meetings.
The Patriot men are led by senior 6-5 forward Liki Turner (16.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg), sophomore 6-3 guard Evrik Gary (15.4 ppg), junior 6-6 forward Zamarius McLendon (12.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg), and senior point guard Marcus Wright (10 ppg).
Turner has pushed his career point total to 1,409, while Gary is ranked second in the nation in free throw shooting at 97.8% (44-of-45). McLendon has recorded three double-doubles this season and Wright has made 14 of his last 23 three-point attempts.
The USCA men are paced by senior guard Sterling Council (12.2 ppg) and junior guard Re’mon Nelson (11.6 ppg, 4.1 assists per game).