The Francis Marion University women's basketball team will play at Columbus State University on Wednesday (Feb. 28) in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
Francis Marion is the sixth seed with a 16-11 overall record and a 13-9 conference mark, while Columbus State (18-8, 16-6) earned the third seed by virtue of a tie-breaker with Flagler College.
Wednesday's three other quarterfinal games include top-seeded University of North Georgia (24-4) hosting eighth-seeded UNC Pembroke (10-16) at 6 p.m., second-seeded Lander University (22-6) hosting seventh-seeded Clayton State University (14-14) at 6 p.m., and fourth-seeded Flagler College (18-8) hosting fifth-seeded Georgia College (17-11) at 6:30 p.m.
The semifinals and finals will be played at the site of the highest seeded team remaining after the quarterfinal round. The semifinals will be Saturday (March 3) and the championship game on Sunday (March 4).
The FMU/CSU winner will meet the Lander/Clayton State winner in the semifinals on March 3.
FMU junior Shaunice Fulmore (19.8 ppg) and senior Khai Chandler (19.0 ppg) are ranked second and third in the Peach Belt in scoring behind Columbus State's Tatiana Wayne at 20.1 points per game. Patriot senior Kristin Times is second in the conference in rebounding at 9.2 rebounds per contest.
With 1,490 career points, Chandler is 12th on the Patriot career scoring list and needs only 10 points to pass Lisa Waldrop (1983-87) for 11th position, 20 to pass Jeanette Alston (1982-96) for 10th, and 22 to pass Mary Jackson (1988-92) for ninth place. Fulmore is currently in 15th place with 1,352 points.
Francis Marion swept the two regular-season meetings, winning 79-78 in Florence on Dec. 19 – thanks to a last-second shot by senior Briana Burgins – and 69-64 in overtime in Columbus on Jan. 15. CSU leads the all-time series 29-23.
The Francis Marion women are in the PBC Tournament for the third straight year and own an all-time tournament mark of 18-20. The Patriots won the 1998 title and lost in the championship game in both 2006 and 2010.
This contest features the last two NCAA Division II Southeast Region champions as FMU went to the 2016 Elite 8 and CSU advanced to the 2017 Elite 8.