ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - Francis Marion University junior Khai Chandler scored a game-high 23 points and the Patriots used an astonishing advantage on the offensive glass to roll to an 84-64 win over Flagler College, Wednesday night (Jan. 25) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.
Francis Marion improves to 9-10 overall and 4-6 in the PBC. The Patriots will play at Lander University on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., before returning home to entertain UNC Pembroke on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
FMU outrebounded the Saints 44-25 and held a 22-0 edge in second-chance points. The Patriots also converted 20 Saints' turnovers into 26 points, while surrendering only four points off their own 12 miscues.
Chandler connected on 9-of-15 shots, including 5-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc, while also pulling down six rebounds. Freshman guard Abigail Bullock came off the bench to score 14 points, while junior forward Briana Burgins chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Sophomore forward Shaunice Fulmore added 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Forward Tiffany Hodge and guard Maggie Flynn led Flagler (2-15, 0-10) with 13 points apiece.
Flagler led by five points (12-7) in the early going, but six straight points by FMU put the Patriots ahead. Francis Marion took the lead for good at 15-14 on an offensive stick-back by junior center Kristin Tines. The Patriots led 22-16 at the end of the first quarter.
A 17-7 spurt to close the second quarter gave Francis Marion a 46-30 halftime advantage. After the Saints scored the opening bucket of the third period to trim the margin to 14, FMU responded with a 9-0 run that included seven points from Chandler to go up 55-32.
The Patriots led 69-49 at the end of the third quarter and the margin never dipped below 20 points during the final 10 minutes.
FMU shot 44.6 percent from the field, including a sizzling 10-of-19 from three-point distance, and hit 8-of-10 free throws. The Saints connected on 47.8 percent of their shots, were 7-of-14 from long range, and made 13-of-20 free throw attempts.