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Patriot Women Take on #21 Lakers in PBC Clash

    FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to Morrow, Ga., on Saturday for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Clayton State University.

    The women’s game will tip-off at 2 p.m. in CSU’s 2,000-seat Athletics Center, followed by the men’s contest at 4 p.m.

    The women’s game will feature two of the three teams currently tied for second place in the PBC. FMU (7-6, 5-2) has won four straight PBC contests for the first time since the 2001-02 season, while 21st-ranked Clayton State (11-3, 5-2) has dropped two straight after climbing into the national rankings.

    Francis Marion leads the all-time series 10-3, but the Patriots have lost their last 11 meetings with nationally ranked opponents dating back to 2001. FMU will also be looking to avenge it most lopsided loss in PBC history, a 95-48 defeat to Clayton State last year in Morrow.

    During its four-game streak, FMU has held its opponents to 32.7 percent shooting, while blocking 29 shots. Senior Danielle Moore leads FMU with averages of 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She is 23rd on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,060 points, only 27 behind former guard Sherer Gordon for 22nd position.

    The play of sophomore guard Renee Guilliams off the Patriot bench has been key to the winning streak. She has averaged 13.3 ppg, while hitting 12 of 26 three-point attempts.

    Three Clayton State players average above 13 ppg, led by senior Jasmine Patterson with 16.0 ppg and 7.9 rpg.

    The Patriot men (7-7, 2-5), have lost four of their last five games, while Clayton State (11-3, 4-3) has won eight of its last nine contests.

Last Published: January 30, 2006 8:43 AM
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