AMERICUS, GA – After being outscored in two of the first three quarters of the contest, Francis Marion University reeled off 27 points to lift the Patriots to a 66-59 victory over Georgia Southwestern State University Saturday afternoon (Jan. 13) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.
FMU improves to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference, while the Hurricanes fall to 4-8 and 1-7. The Patriots will play the middle game of their three-game road trip Monday against Columbus State University with the game set to start at 1:30 p.m. The next home event for the women's squad will be on Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m., as Flagler University will travel to the Smith University Center.
Junior Tyisha Moore led GSW with 19 points, while 5-8 sophomore guard Mariya Trimble had 13 points and nine rebounds.
After falling behind early 5-0 at the 7:30 mark, the Patriots cut the game to within one point (9-8) with 3:23 remaining in the first stanza. The Hurricanes countered with a 10-2 run to end the first quarter and securing a 19-10 advantage. Francis Marion outshot GSW in the second quarter by 10 points, taking a tight 25-24 lead going into halftime.
There were three lead changes and one tie in the third stanza to keep the game close heading into the final quarter.
Trailing for most of the fourth quarter, the Patriots would come back to tie the game at 52-52 with 3:27 remaining, and take a 54-52 lead with 3:04 left. FMU ended the game on a 14-7 spurt to lock up the victory.
FMU led in points off turnovers (15-6) and second chance points (20-14).