FLORENCE, S.C. – The unbeaten Francis Marion University women’s basketball team will return to action following an eight-day break for final exams when the Patriots play host to Wingate University, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
FMU, off to its first 4-0 start since the 2000-01 season, is led in scoring and rebounding by 6-0 sophomore guard Danielle Moore (15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game).
Wingate (4-1) is led by 6-1 sophomore center Veronica Taylor, who owns averages of 22.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Although the two programs have only met eight times (Francis Marion leads the series 5-3), several of the battles have involved high stakes. FMU defeated the Bulldogs 85-72 in the second round of the 1999 NCAA Division II national tournament and the Patriots were victorious 89-71 in the national quarterfinals of the 1986 NAIA tournament. Last season, Wingate defeated FMU 84-81 in overtime on the final day of the AASU/Chatham Orthopaedics Christmas Classic in Savannah, Ga. FMU has won four of the five meetings held in Florence.
Entering this season, the two teams were both ranked in the top 15 among Division II women’s programs in terms of all-time winning percentage: Wingate at No.11 (.720) and FMU at No.15 (.703).
Wingate head coach Johnny Jacumin is fifth on the wins list of active Division II women’s coaches with a 505-184 record in 24 seasons.