3-point barrage by Pacers spoils FMU’s Homecoming

FLORENCE, SC – USC Aiken drained a Peach Belt Conference single-game record 17 three-point field goals and the Pacers overcame an early double-digit lead by Francis Marion University to claim a 74-60 victory, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21) in women's basketball action.

Francis Marion drops to 8-19 overall and 5-13 in conference play. The loss eliminates the Patriots from contention for a berth in the PBC post-season tournament.  FMU will conclude its season with a road game at UNC Pembroke on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m.

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Freshman forward Khayani Chandler paced Francis Marion with 15 points, while senior guard Cy'erra Mills and junior forward Alaysia Watts both added 12 points.  Mills was honored prior to the Homecoming game as she made her final Smith University Center appearance.

FMU freshman forward Briana Burgins scored only four points, but hauled a game-high 12 bounds.

Sophomore guard Amaura Brandt led four USCA (17-10, 13-5) players in double figures with 18 points.  All of her points came on three-point field goals as she connected on 6-of-10 attempts.  As a team, the Pacers nailed 17-of-32 from beyond the arc.

Perhaps inspired by the Homecoming and Senior Day crowd, Francis Marion connected on 12 of its first 24 shots and raced to a 28-13 lead after only 11 minutes of play.  However, the Patriots struggled from that point on making only six more buckets (in 34 attempts) over the final 29 minutes of the game.

After trailing by 15, USCA responded with a 15-2 spurt that trimmed the FMU advantage to 30-28. A three-point play by freshman Stephanie Brown extended the Patriot lead to 33-28, but the Pacers took the lead for good with a 10-3 run over the final 3:31 of the opening half.  USCA led 38-36 at intermission.

A free throw by Mills cut the deficit to 38-37 on the initial possession of the second stanza, but the Pacers ran off a 10-3 run to open a 48-40 margin.  A fast-break basket by Chandler again pulled FMU to within a single point (51-50) with 10:58 remaining, but USCA scored the game's next 13 points to open a 64-50 lead.

The margin would remain in double figures for the rest of the game.

Francis Marion shot 30 percent for the game, including 3-of-15 from long distance, and was 21-of-28 at the foul line.  USCA connected on 43.3 percent of its shots and was a perfect 5-of-5 at the free throw line. The Patriots did hold a 47-31 rebounding advantage and led 24-14 in second-chance points.

 

2-21-15 1:30 pm
at Florence,SC (Smith University Center)
USC AIKEN 74, FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY 60
USC AIKEN (17-10 , 13-5 PBC) Amaura Brandt 6-10 0-0 18;
Carly Gilreath 5-10 0-0 15; Stephanie Ball 5-8 0-0 14; Mackenzie
Reese 3-9 2-2 10; Emry Tsitouris 3-8 3-3 9; Kassy Johannsen
3-7 0-0 6; Kate Duff 1-5 0-0 2; Alexis Ware 0-2 0-0 0; Jasmine
Coach 0-1 0-0 0; Tiffany Addison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 5-5 74.
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (8-19 , 5-13 PBC)
Khayani Chandler 5-13 4-4 15; Cy'erra Mills 3-8 4-6 12; Alaysia Watts 4-12
4-5 12; Stephanie Brown 2-9 5-6 9; Camille Dash 3-5 0-0 6; Briana Burgins
0-4 4-6 4; Courtney Wood 1-3 0-1 2; De'Ana Turner 0-1 0-0 0; Emily Green 0-5
0-0 0. Totals 18-60 21-28 60.
Halftime: USC Aiken 38 Francis Marion 36
3-point goals--USC Aiken 17-32 (Brandt 6-10; Gilreath 5-9; Ball 4-7; Reese 2-4;
Ware 0-1; Duff 0-1), Francis Marion 3-15 (2-4; Chandler 1-5; Burgins 0-1; Green
0-3; Watts 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--USC Aiken 31 (Reese 8), Francis
Marion 47 (Burgins 12). Assists--USC Aiken 22 (Reese 7; Ball 7), Francis Marion
11 (Dash 3; Mills 3). Total fouls--USC Aiken 22, Francis Marion 10. Technical
fouls--None. A-1289