FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will conclude a brief two-game homestand by playing host to USC Aiken for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader, Wednesday evening (Jan. 19).
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 women (5-10, 1-3), who picked up the program’s 650th all-time win on Saturday, will be looking for their second straight conference victory when they face the Lady Pacers (12-5, 2-1), who received votes in last week’s WBCA/ESPN/USA Today NCAA Division II Top 25 poll. USCA has won 10 of its last 13 contests.
FMU leads the all-time women’s series with USCA 36-14, equaling the second-most wins for Francis Marion against one opponent (44 wins vs. Lander University). The two squads have split the last four meetings, which were decided by a combined 11 points. Freshman Creshenda Singletary continues to lead the Patriots in scoring and rebounding with steady averages of 14.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Senior Jennifer Howard is averaging 10.7 ppg and recently moved into 30th place on the Patriot career scoring list with 785 points and 15th place on the career assists list with 222. Junior Danielle Moore is scoring 10.1 ppg after equaling her career high of 25 points in Saturday’s win over Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Senior 6-2 forward Lana Mandic (12.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg) paces a balanced USCA scoring attack that features four players scoring in double digits.
The Patriot men (7-7, 2-2) will attempt to snap a two-game PBC losing skid when they meet USCA (5-8, 1-2). Francis Marion leads the all-time series 34-24, and the Patriots have won the past five meetings, each by double-figure margin’s. Like the women, the 34 wins are the second-most for FMU against one opponent, behind 38 victories over Coker College.
FMU leading scorer and rebounder Louis McCullough (16.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is questionable for Wednesday’s contest. He has missed three of the last four games with a leg injury. With 1,542 career points, the 6-6 senior stands 27 points shy of Terance Wood’s third-place total on the Patriot career scoring list.
Junior point guard Michael Jenkins is second on the Patriots in scoring at 11.8 ppg, while senior Andrew Snipe adds 10.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Nine different Patriots have scored in double figures at least once this season.
Senior center Curt Triplin is the lone Pacer scoring in double figures as he tallies 11.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg.