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FMU Celebrates Homecoming on Saturday; Pats host Saints

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Peach Belt Conference foe Flagler College on Saturday (Feb. 18) as the school celebrates Homecoming 2012.

The women’s basketball 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. Admission to all events on Saturday will be free. The Homecoming twinbill is sponsored by Darlington Raceway, the track too tough to tame.

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

Homecoming activities will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a women’s basketball Alumni Game in the gym, followed at 11 a.m. by the men’s basketball Alumni Game.

A Homecoming parade through the campus is scheduled for 11 a.m. PatriotFest will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Smith University Center featuring live music and entertainment, a picnic lunch, and an opportunity for alumni to interact.

From 1 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m., the 14th-annual Swamp Fox Club Benefit Silent Auction, featuring sports memorabilia and merchandise, will be held in the Smith University Center gym.

Between games of the regularly scheduled basketball doubleheader, at approximately 3:15 p.m., former Patriot women’s basketball player Tracey Tillman Young will be inducted into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.

A native of Society Hill, Young is currently a physical education paraprofessional at Parkside Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Va., and serves as the girls’ basketball junior varsity head coach at James Monroe High School. A product of St. John’s High School in Darlington, Young played four seasons of basketball at Francis Marion from 1984 to 1988. She earned a B.S. degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

A four-time All-American – three times named to the first team – she helped lead Francis Marion to a four-year mark of 115-18, two NAIA District Six championships, and the 1986 NAIA national championship. She was named the most valuable player of that 1986 national tournament.

She played in 133 career games and scored 2,686 points, which at that time was second on NAIA career list and is still second in FMU history. She grabbed 1,333 career rebounds, which is second on the FMU list, and she registered 468 blocked shots, which was at that time the NAIA national record and is still the FMU all-time mark. 

She will join 37 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, which was formed in 1991.

The 2012 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the conclusion of the FMU/FC men’s game.

The FMU women (8-15, 3-12) are led in scoring by sophomore guard Brittany Christian with an 11.3 points per game average. The Patriot women beat Flagler 54-31 on Jan. 11 in St. Augustine, Fla., to run their all-time mark against the Saints to 5-0. This season, Flagler is 2-20 overall and 1-14 in the PBC.

Senior forward Liki Turner paces the Francis Marion men (14-11, 7-8) with averages of 17.4 ppg and 9.0 rebounds per contest – 30th highest in NCAA Division II. Turner, a pre-season All-PBC pick and an honorable mention pre-season All-American by the Sporting News, has nine double-doubles this season, and has upped his career totals to 1,681 points and 906 rebounds.

A career-high 32 points from sophomore guard Evrik Gary led FMU to an 87-82 win over the Saints in Florida earlier this season, and upped the Patriots’ all-time series advantage to 5-1. Gary is averaging 16.2 ppg and is among the national leaders in free throw (27th) and three-point (47th) shooting percentages.

Flagler is 9-14 overall and 2-13 in the Peach Belt.

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Last Published: March 1, 2012 9:42 AM
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