FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play the first of two home Peach Belt Conference doubleheaders this week when the Patriots entertain USC Upstate (formerly USC Spartanburg), Wednesday evening (Jan. 26).
The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center, followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
The FMU men (8-8, 3-3) will be facing the lone unbeaten team in conference play, as USC Upstate owns a 14-3 overall record and a 6-0 conference mark. The Spartans have won their last seven games, including an 80-68 victory over Francis Marion two weeks ago in Spartanburg. USC Upstate also owns a road win over Kennesaw State University, the defending PBC and national champions. USC Upstate leads the all-time series 30-20, but the Patriots have won the last two meetings in Florence.
Senior 6-6 forward Louis McCullough continues to lead FMU in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (7.2 rebounds per game), and needs only five points to tie Terance Wood for third place on the Patriot career scoring list at 1,569.
Senior 6-6 forward Charleston Long, this week’s PBC Player of the Week, leads the Spartans in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg).
The Patriot women (6-11, 2-4) are happy to be at home, where they will meet a 10-7 Lady Spartan squad that is tied for second in the PBC North Division standings with a 3-3 conference mark. FMU has won 20 of its last 30 home conference games, but has lost 23 of its last 25 PBC contests on the road. USC Upstate claimed a 62-49 win over the Patriots on Jan. 12 in Spartanburg. Francis Marion leads the all-time series 36-14, including 10 straight wins in the Smith University Center.
Three Patriots are scoring in double figures, led by freshman Creshenda Singletary at 14.1 ppg. Junior forward Danielle Moore is averaging 10.5 ppg and senior Jennifer Howard is at 10.4 ppg . Howard now stands 29th on the Patriot career scoring list with 802 points and is tied for 14th place on the career assists list with 223.
Junior 6-1 center Yakeeshia Ross is one of the PBC’s top post players with averages of 13.4 ppg and 9.4 rpg, while leading the conference in field goal percentage at 53.3 percent and ranking third in blocked shots. Junior 5-10 forward Lele Miles leads the Peach Belt in rebounding at 9.6 rpg.