AUGUSTA, GA – Francis Marion University outscored Augusta University 20-7 in the final quarter to rally for a 72-64 road win, Wednesday night (Feb. 8) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.
Francis Marion captures its sixth win in its last seven games to improve to 13-11 overall and 8-7 in the PBC. The Patriots stand one-half game out of third place and only one-and-a-half games out of second place. FMU will celebrate Homecoming on Saturday when the Patriots play host to Flagler College at 1:30 p.m. in the Smith University Center. Admission for all Homecoming contests is free.
Junior guard Khai Chandler led FMU with 22 points, on 10-of-18 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore forward Shaunice Fulmore scored 19 points and hauled down nine rebounds, while senior point guard TeTe Flowers tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Flowers connected on 6-of-9 field goal attempts.
Junior forward Briana Burgins chipped in eight points and eight rebounds as the Patriots rallied from a double-digit deficit to win for the fourth time this season.
Kayla Lovett led Augusta (12-10, 7-9) with 12 points, but could not keep the Patriots from sweeping the season series from the Jags.
Trailing 57-52 entering the fourth quarter, FMU held the Jaguars to 3-of-13 shooting while forcing seven turnovers. The Patriots also drew a pair of offensive charges and converted the Augusta miscues into seven points.
Francis Marion scored the opening seven points of the final period to take a 59-57 advantage. A fast-break lay-in by Lovett gave Augusta a 64-63 lead with 3:44 remaining. The Patriots responded by scoring the final nine points of the game, including five by Fulmore. The Lake City native's three-pointer with 3:12 left gave FMU the lead for good at 66-64.
FMU took a 5-2 to start the contest, but Augusta closed the initial quarter with a 17-6 spurt to lead 19-11 at the first-period break. A three-pointer by Joshlyn Belcher expanded that margin to 22-13 early in the second quarter, but 11 consecutive points, capped by a Keanua Williams' layup gave the Patriots a 24-22 advantage. The Jaguars answered with a 17-9 run to hold a 39-33 halftime lead.
The Patriots managed to draw to within two points at 44-42 in the third quarter, but Augusta expanded its lead to 57-48 after a three-pointer by JJ Williams. Two straight buckets by FMU junior center Kristin Tines trimmed the deficit to 57-52 at the end of the third and started an 11-0 run by FMU that carried into the fourth period.
Francis Marion shot 44.1 percent from the floor, including 4-of-10 from three-point territory, and was 8-of-16 at the free throw stripe. Augusta connected on 44.8 percent of its field goal attempts, was 6-of-15 from behind the arc, and hit 6-of-11 foul shots.
FMU committed only 12 turnovers and held a 43-34 rebounding edge.