Patriots slay Valkyries in non-conference tilt

FMU guard Cy'erra Mills

SPARTANBURG, SC  – Junior guard Cy'erra Mills scored a career-high 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Francis Marion University claimed an 84-53 road victory over Converse College, Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 18) in non-conference women's basketball action.

The Patriots up their record to 6-2 while concluding the 2013 portion of the their schedule.  FMU will return to action following the Christmas break with a Peach Belt Conference road tilt at GRU Augusta on Jan. 2.  The next home contest for Francis Marion will be Saturday, Jan. 4, against Armstrong Atlantic State University at 1:30 p.m.

Mills connected on 6-of-9 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line.  Senior guard Briana Robinson and sophomore guard Camille Dash each scored 13 points, while senior guard Erin Pinkett added 12 points off the bench, including a 3-of-3 performance from beyond the arc.

Shaniece Bruster led Converse (0-9) with 11 points, while Margo Dill added 10 points and seven rebounds.

A layup by Robinson gave Francis Marion the lead for good at 15-13.  That bucket was part of a 23-1 run by the Patriots that resulted in double-digit lead, 31-14, with 4:45 left in the half.  The Patriots led 41-25 at halftime.

FMU opened the second stanza with a 16-7 spurt that pushed the margin to 25 points with 13 minutes remaining.  The Patriots' largest lead of 33 points occurred twice in the final two minutes.

Francis Marion shot a season-high 53.4 percent from the field, including 8-of-15 from three-point range.  The Patriots forced 25 Converse turnovers which were converted into 35 points.  FMU also held a 32-14 advantage in points-in-the-paint.

It was the first meeting between the two programs since 2009 and the Patriots' first visit to Spartanburg in 13 seasons.  FMU leads the all-time series 14-2.

 

12-18-13 2:00 pm in Spartanburg, SC
FRANCIS MARION 84, CONVERSE COLLEGE 53
FRANCIS MARION (6-2)
Cy'erra Mills 6-9 2-3 17; Camille Dash 6-9 1-1 13; Briana Robinson 5-10 1-1
13; Erin Pinkett 4-5 1-2 12; Kim Roach 4-5 1-2 9; Alaysia Watts 3-6 3-6 9;
Chelsea Dukes 2-4 0-1 4; Lauren Woods 1-6 2-2 4; Dee Gray 0-3 3-4 3; Alexia
Bell 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 31-58 14-24 84.
CONVERSE COLLEGE (0-9)
Shaniece Bruster 3-5 2-2 11; Margo Dill 4-8 2-4 10; Samira Gillcrese 4-8 1-2
9; Jenna White 3-4 0-1 7; Hannah Anderson 2-3 1-2 5; Kassidy Moorhouse 1-2
2-3 5; Sahara Pringle 0-0 4-4 4; Avery Winchester 1-5 0-0 2; Kayla Garrett
0-2 0-0 0; Erin Horne 0-0 0-0 0; Nadia Gathers 0-2 0-0 0; Brooke Garrison
0-3 0-0 0; Kendra Holcombe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-42 12-18 53.
Halftime: Francis Marion 41 Converse 25
3-point goals--Francis Marion 8-15 (Erin Pinkett 3-3; Cy'erra Mills 3-4;
Briana Robinson 2-4; Alaysia Watts 0-1; Chelsea Dukes 0-2; Lauren Woods
0-1), Converse College 5-10 (Shaniece Bruster 3-3; Jenna White 1-2; Kassidy
Moorhouse 1-2; Kayla Garrett 0-1; Brooke Garrison 0-1; Margo Dill 0-1).
Fouled out--Francis Marion-None, Converse College-None. Rebounds--Francis
Marion 35 (Kim Roach 6), Converse College 26 (Samira Gillcrese 8).
Assists--Francis Marion 17 (Lauren Woods 6), Converse College 9 (Margo Dill
3). Total fouls--Francis Marion 16, Converse 25. Technical fouls--None. A-50