Patriot Women lose to Hurricanes

FLORENCE, SC – Senior guard Cy'erra Mills scored 24 points – two shy of her career high – but the effort was not enough to down the Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes, as Francis Marion University fell by a 75-63 score, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 14) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.

Francis Marion (8-17, 5-11) sees its modest two-game winning streak snapped.  The Patriots will face GRU Augusta on the road, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  With the loss, FMU drops to a game back of fourth place in the PBC East Division's and the final berth in the post-season tournament.

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Mills shot 8-of-15 from the floor and went 7-of-7 at the free throw line, while also pulling down five rebounds and handing out five assists.  Freshman guard Emily Green buried 3-of-5 three point field goals on her way to a career-high 11-point performance, while freshman forwards Courtney Wood and Khayani Chandler registered 8 points each.

Senior forward Tiara Thompson led the way for GSW (12-11, 6-10) with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with six rebounds.  Senior guard Danisha Green added 12 points, and senior forward Kabrina Merriweather delivered 10 points off the bench.

A layup by sophomore forward De'Ana Turner gave FMU its only lead of the first period at 7-6 with 13:43 remaining before halftime.  The Hurricanes responded with seven unanswered points over the ensuing 2:10.  FMU missed on 16 of its first 20 field goal attempts.

A three-point play by Mills with 4:59 remaining before halftime cut the deficit to 20-18, but Georgia Southwestern scored the next five points.  After enjoying the lead for nearly 15 minutes of the first half, GSW took a 30-24 advantage into the locker room at intermission.

GSW opened the second half with an 8-1 spurt, and the Hurricanes extended the margin to as many as 19 points at 47-28 with 13:08 remaining.  However, the Patriots mounted a 35-21 rally over a 10:52 stretch to trim the margin to five.  Thanks to made three-pointers by Mills and Chandler, the Patriots were able to slice the deficit to 68-63 with 2:16 left to play.

But in the last 2:16, the Hurricanes' defense held FMU scoreless, while in turn GSW scored the game's final seven points.

The two teams combined for 63 turnovers – 33 by GSW and 30 by FMU.  GSW turned the FMU giveaways into 39 points, while FMU registered only 16 points off GSW miscues.  Francis Marion shot 34.4 percent from the field, while the Hurricanes hit 44.1 percent of their shots.

 

2-14-15 1:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 75, FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 63
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN (12-11 , 6-10 PBC)
Tiara Thompson 9-12 4-9 24; Danisha Green 3-5 4-4 12; Kabrina Merriweather
3-7 3-4 10; Yvonna Dunkley 3-12 1-2 9; Ja'Quasha Sesler 4-7 0-0 8; Shanedra
Lockett 3-7 1-3 7; Kenyona Armstrong 1-2 0-0 3; Shatoria Hudson 0-5 2-4 2;
Keishundra Jackson 0-1 0-0 0; Emili Russ 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 26-59 15-28 75.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (8-17 , 5-11 PBC)
Cy'erra Mills 8-15 7-7 24; Emily Green 4-6 0-0 11; Khayani Chandler 3-6 0-2
8; Courtney Wood 3-9 2-5 8; Alaysia Watts 2-9 1-2 5; De'Ana Turner 2-6 1-2
5; Stephanie Brown 0-1 1-2 1; Briana Burgins 0-8 1-2 1; Danielle Pray 0-1
0-0 0; Camille Dash 0-1 0-0 0; Mariah Johnson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 13-22 63.
Halftime: Georgia Southwestern 30 Francis Marion 24
3-point goals--Georgia Southwestern 8-23 (Tiara Thompson 2-2; Yvonna Dunkley
2-8; Danisha Green 2-3; Kabrina Merriweather 1-3; Kenyona Armstrong 1-2;
Keishundra Jackson 0-1; Shatoria Hudson 0-1; Shanedra Lockett 0-2; Ja'Quasha
Sesler 0-1), Francis Marion University 6-17 (Emily Green 3-5; Khayani
Chandler 2-5; Cy'erra Mills 1-4; Danielle Pray 0-1; Mariah Johnson 0-1;
Alaysia Watts 0-1). Fouled out--Georgia Southwestern-None, Francis Marion
University-None. Rebounds--Georgia Southwestern 42 (Shanedra Lockett 10),
Francis Marion University 36 (Briana Burgins 5; Cy'erra Mills 5).
Assists--Georgia Southwestern 22 (Danisha Green 5; Ja'Quasha Sesler 5),
Francis Marion University 16 (Cy'erra Mills 5). Total fouls--Georgia
Southwestern 22, Francis Marion University 21. Technical fouls--Georgia
Southwestern-None, Francis Marion University-Stephanie Brown. A-889