FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play host to Georgia College & State University, Saturday afternoon in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader, while the Patriot softball team will open its PBC schedule with a doubleheader against USC Upstate.
The softball twinbill will start at 1 p.m. on the FMU Softball Field. FMU is 11-1 overall, while USC Upstate is 2-0.
The basketball doubleheader will tip-off with the women’s game at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m.
Amazingly, after winning two straight PBC contests, the Patriot women (9-15, 5-8) still find themselves battling for the North Division title. FMU is tied for last place, but only two games behind division leaders UNC Pembroke and USC Aiken. FMU entertains UNCP on Wednesday night.
The GC&SU women are 16-8 and are tied for third place in the South Division standings with a 7-6 mark. Ten of the 12 Peach Belt women’s teams have at least six conference losses.
FMU leads the all-time women’s series 12-11, but the Lady Bobcats have won the last three meetings.
Freshman 5-10 forward Creshenda Singletary (13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game) continues to lead three Patriots scoring in double figures, followed by 6-0 junior forward Danielle Moore (10.7 ppg) and senior guard Jennifer Howard (10.3 ppg). Junior 5-10 forward LaWanna Leon leads GC&SU with a 10.8 ppg average.
The FMU men (9-14, 4-9) occupy fourth place in the North Division standings and will be looking to snap a four-game losing skid, while GC&SU (12-12, 4-9) is looking to move out of the South Division basement. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 16-6, but Francis Marion won last year’s match-up in Milledgeville, Ga.
FMU is led in scoring by 6-6 senior forward Louis McCullough (14.5 ppg), who stands second on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,651 points, 212 points shy of Carlton Farr’s all-time record. Freshman 6-5 forward Justin Dickens leads GC&SU in scoring with a 10.4 ppg average.