FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the University of North Florida in a Peach Belt Conference twinbill, Wednesday evening (Jan. 24) in the Smith University Center.
The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
The FMU women have won their last five games and are looking to break back into the Top 25 poll with a 12-4 record. The Patriots are 5-2 in the PBC and occupy second place in the North Division standings, one game behind USC Aiken. Only once during the past five-game winning streak have the Patriots allowed their opponent to score more than 58 points. Senior Christy Wright continues to lead FMU in scoring (14.0 points per game) and assists (3.8 assists per game), while junior Christy Thomas chips in 11.0 ppg.
The Lady Ospreys are 10-6 overall and tied for second place in the South Division standings with a 4-2 mark. Freshman 5-10 forward Skye Barber leads the UNF women in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg).
FMU has never lost to the Lady Ospreys in five previous meetings.
The Francis Marion men (3-13, 0-7) are still looking for their first PBC win of the season, while UNF (9-7, 3-3) is tied for third place in the South Division standings.
Freshman guard Bryce Brickhouse leads a balanced FMU scoring attack with a 12.8 ppg average, while senior Will Tucker adds 12.2 ppg. Ten of the 11 Patriot team members have scored in double figures at least once this season.
The Osprey men feature the conference’s top scorer in junior 6-4 guard Koran Godwin (22.6 ppg). He was named the PBC “Player of the Week” for his performance last week, as he scored 54 points in two PBC contests. UNF junior forward Alex Novitchkov leads the PBC in rebounding at 9.4 rpg, while scoring 10.2 ppg.
Francis Marion has won two of the three previous meetings between the two schools.