FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Armstrong Atlantic State University for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader, Saturday evening (Jan. 15).
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 (4-10, 0-3) will be attempting to snap a three-game skid when they meet the Lady Pirates (12-5, 2-1), who received votes in this past week’s WBCA/ESPN/USA Today NCAA Division II Top 25 poll. AASU, which has won nine of its last 11 games, advanced to last season’s NCAA national tournament.
FMU leads the all-time women’s series with AASU 13-11, but the Lady Pirates won both meetings last year. The 32-year-old Patriot program is in search of its 650th all-time win (649-290 record). Freshman Creshenda Singletary continues to lead the Patriots in scoring (14.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.3 rebounds per game). Senior Jennifer Howard is averaging 10.4 ppg, and is currently 32nd on the Patriot career scoring list with 770 points and 17th on the career assists list with 217.
Audosha Kelley leads the Lady Pirates with averages of 18.2 ppg and 7.1 rpg.
The Patriot men are 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the PBC heading into Saturday’s contest with AASU (10-4, 2-1). AASU leads the all-time series 13-12, with several key match-ups last year. AASU eliminated the Patriots from the 2004 PBC Tournament in the quarterfinals, but FMU exacted revenge by beating the Pirates in the opening round of the NCAA Division II national tournament. AASU has been victorious in its last two trips to Florence.
FMU senior Louis McCullough (16.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) returned to the court last Wednesday at USC Upstate after missing two games with an injury. He moved into fourth place on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,542 points. He now stands 27 points shy of Terance Wood’s third-place total. McCullough already stands fourth in career rebounds and second in career blocked shots.
Senior guard Lorenzo Lawrence leads AASU with a 16.9 ppg average, while Timmonsville native and former Whirlwind athlete Bryan Taylor, a 6-8 sophomore forward, is averaging 12.6 ppg and leads the PBC at 9.6 rpg.