FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their final home contests of the 2004-05 season when they play host to local-rival UNC Pembroke, Wednesday night (Feb. 23) in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader. The two squads will celebrate Senior Night and Faculty Appreciation Night.
The twinbill will tip-off with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
The Patriot women (10-15, 6-8) will try and continue their winning ways against UNC Pembroke (16-9, 8-6), one of the co-leaders of the PBC North Division standings. Only two games separate last and first place in the North Division.
The FMU women will also recognize three seniors: guard Jennifer Howard (109 career games, 888 points - 26th on the Patriot career scoring list, 294 rebounds - 43rd on career list, 242 assists - 14th on the assists list, 133 steals, 132 made three-point baskets), forward Michelle Ghere (106 career games, 754 points - Tied-35th on career list, 405 rebounds - Tied-29th on career list, 208 assists - 18th on career list, 100 steals), and center Tasha Laster (39 career games, 38 points, 39 rebounds).
The FMU men (9-15, 4-10) will be attempting to snap a five-game losing skid when they meet the Braves (3-22, 1-13). Francis Marion will also honor three seniors on the men’s squad: forward Louis McCullough (106 career games, 1,670 points - 2nd on the FMU career scoring, 784 rebounds - 3rd on the career list, 144 blocks - 2nd on the career list, 154 assists - Tied-21st on career list, 116 steals - 9th on career list), forward Andrew Snipe (103 career games, 419 points - 55th on career list, 369 rebounds - 22nd on career list, 86 assists, 50 steals - Tied 33rd on career list, 13 blocks), and forward Michael Carter (17 career games, 8 points, 14 rebounds).
In an attempt to continue to have FMU student-athletes and the athletic department connect with faculty members, and to keep emphasizing the importance of academics to all our student-athletes, the athletic program will hold its first Faculty Appreciation Night on Wednesday. All seniors (in all sports) were asked to choose a faculty member that had contributed greatly to their time at Francis Marion University -- according to certain criteria. Twenty-four faculty members will be recognized between the women's and men's games at about 7:15 p.m.