Second-Half run carries Bearcats past FMU Women in first-place showdown

Second-Half run carries Bearcats past FMU Women in first-place showdown

FLORENCE, SC – Nationally ranked Lander University used a 14-2 run early in the third quarter to capture an 86-60 win over Francis Marion University, Wednesday night (Jan. 10) in a battle for first place in the Peach Belt Conference women's standings.

Francis Marion (8-4, 5-2) sees its five-game winning streak snapped, while Lander improves to 12-2 and 7-1.  The Bearcats are ranked 20th in this week's NCAA Division II media poll and 25th in the coaches' poll.

FMU's next three-games will be on the road beginning with a Saturday afternoon tilt at Georgia Southwestern State University at 1:30 p.m.  The next home contest for the Patriots will be on Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. against Flagler College.

Sophomore guard Abigail Bullock again led FMU with 19 points – 16 of which came in the opening half.  Junior Shauince Fulmore added 15 points, all in the second half, and pulled down a career-high equaling 12 rebounds.  Ssenior Khai Chandler chipped in 10 points to extend her career total to 1,203 points and moved past former FMU greats Kim Slawson (1982-96) and Brittany Young (2004-08) and into 18th place on the Patriot career scoring list.

Senior center Breshay Johnson paced Lander with 28 points, while Destinee Langford scored 19 with seven assists and Chelsea Mitchell tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds.

After trailing by 11 at intermission, Bullock knocked down a three-pointer from the left elbow and Fulmore drained a jump shot to pull FMU to within 44-38 just 53 seconds into the second half.  However, Lander responded with its 14-2 spurt to take a commanding 58-40 lead midway through the third period.  Fulmore scored 11 of her points in the third period.

The margin was 11 again, this time at 60-49, heading into the final quarter.  Francis Marion trailed by 11 with 5:30 left in the contest after a lay-in by senior guard Keanua Williams, but that would be as close as the Patriots would get.

Francis Marion connected on 39.1 percent of its field goal attempts and was 7-of-9 at the foul line, while Lander 40.5 percent from the floor and was 18-of-21 at the free throw stripe.

The first quarter featured seven ties and Lander's 20-16 advantage when the horn sounded was the largest of the period.  A three-pointer by Bullock trimmed the margin to 20-19 early in the second quarter, but the Bearcats answered with a 13-6 spurt that produced an eight-point lead at 33-25.

A fast-break bucket by Chandler helped FMU pull within 37-33, but Lander scored the final seven points of the stanza to own a 44-33 lead at intermission.

 

Comments from FMU head coach Jeri Porter via FACEBOOK LIVE

 

1-10-18 5:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
LANDER UNIVERSITY 86, FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 60
LANDER UNIVERSITY (#20/25 12-2, 7-1)
Breshay Johnson 11-16 6-7 28; Destinee Langford 7-19 3-4 19; Chelsea
Mitchell 6-19 3-3 15; Jessica Harris 3-8 5-6 12; Christal Williams 3-12 1-1
8; Lea Petit 1-1 0-0 2; Tabitha Dailey 1-3 0-0 2; Victoria Baldwin 0-0 0-0
0; Ariana Sanders 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-79 18-21 86.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (8-4 , 5-2 PBC)
Abigail Bullock 8-19 0-0 19; Shaunice Fulmore 7-18 1-1 15; Khai Chandler
4-10 2-2 10; Keanua Williams 3-12 2-2 8; Tatyana McClaney 1-2 2-4 4; Kristin
Tines 2-2 0-0 4; Briana White 0-0 0-0 0; Lauryn Bush 0-0 0-0 0; Khamele
Manning 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 7-9 60.
Lander University.............   20   24   16   26  -   86
Francis Marion University.....16   17   16   11  -   60
3-point goals--Lander University 4-9 (Destinee Langford 2-4; Christal
Williams 1-3; Jessica Harris 1-2), Francis Marion University 3-15 (Abigail
Bullock 3-7; Shaunice Fulmore 0-3; Khai Chandler 0-4; Keanua Williams 0-1).
Fouled out--Lander University-None, Francis Marion University-None.
Rebounds--Lander University 42 (Chelsea Mitchell 13), Francis Marion
University 42 (Shaunice Fulmore 12). Assists--Lander University 21 (Jessica
Harris 9), Francis Marion University 10 (Abigail Bullock 3; Keanua Williams
3). Total fouls--Lander University 11, Francis Marion University 20.
Technical fouls--None. A-733
Charges Drawn: Langford, Johnson