Francis Marion downs Falcons to remain unbeaten

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore Khayani Chandler scored 14 points off the bench and senior forward Alaysia Watts posted her second straight double-double as Francis Marion University grinded out a 60-48 win over Pfeiffer University, Saturday afternoon (Nov. 21) in non-conference women's college basketball action.

Francis Marion remains unbeaten at 4-0 – the Patriots' best start in six seasons – and FMU improves to 36-7 all-time in home openers.  First-year head coach Jeri Porter's charges will play host to Fayetteville State University on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at 6 p.m.

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Chandler connected on 6-of-11 shots, including a pair of three-pointers, and registered four steals and four rebounds in only 23 minutes of action.  Watts scored 14 points and hauled down 13 rebounds, one shy of her career high.  Senior guard Camille Dash added nine points.

Junior 5-11 Meg Pritchard led Pfeiffer (0-1) with 13 points and four rebounds.

FMU held a 42-30 rebounding advantage, including 22-5 on the offensive glass, and led 28-3 in second-chance points.  Nine of Watts' rebounds came at the offensive end.

The Patriots never trailed in the game although the Falcons tied the contest twice in the second quarter at 12-12 and 14-14.  Following the second deadlock, FMU closed the period with a 13-2 run that included three-pointers by Watts and Chandler.  The Patriots led 27-16 at halftime.

The margin remained in double figures during the third period with the quarter closing and FMU still owning an 11-point advantage, at 41-30.

Pfeiffer scored the opening seven points of the fourth quarter to close to within 41-37 after a jumper by Brianna Jones with 8:09 left.  Watts scored the next five points to push the margin to 46-37 with 4:36 remaining.

A three-pointer by the Falcons' Shontai Totten trimmed the deficit to 48-42, but Chandler and sophomore Briana Burgins combined for a 6-0 spurt that extended the lead back to double digits (54-42) with 2:29 on the clock.

The Patriots connected on 33.3 percent of their field-goal attempts, including 3-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc, and were 13-of-21 at the foul line.  The Falcons shot 45.0 percent, also hit 3-of-11 three-point attempts, and were 9-of-14 at the free throw line.

FMU also recorded 29 points off 29 Pfeiffer turnovers.

 

11-21-15 2 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. 60, PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY 48
PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY (0-1)
Meg Pritchard 5-8 3-4 13; Brianna Jones 4-10 0-0 8; Safia Sheikh 2-6 2-2 8;
Dajea Scott 3-3 1-2 7; Shontai Totten 3-8 0-0 7; Kayla Whitworth 1-3 2-4 4;
Ariana Tillman 0-2 1-2 1; Syndi Bickford 0-0 0-0 0; Jonaisha Watson 0-0 0-0
0; Grayson Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 9-14 48.
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. (4-0)
Alaysia Watts 4-17 5-7 14; Khayani Chandler 6-11 0-0 14; Camille Dash 4-8
1-2 9; Shaunice Fulmore 3-8 0-0 6; Briana Burgins 2-7 1-4 5; TeTe Flowers
1-7 3-4 5; Kristin Tines 1-3 3-4 5; Victoria Dye 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 22-66
13-21 60.
Pfeiffer University...........        8    8   14   18  -   48
Francis Marion Univ...........   12   15   14   19  -   60
3-point goals--Pfeiffer University 3-11 (Safia Sheikh 2-6; Shontai Totten
1-3; Brianna Jones 0-1; Meg Pritchard 0-1), Francis Marion Univ. 3-11
(Khayani Chandler 2-4; Alaysia Watts 1-3; Shaunice Fulmore 0-1; TeTe Flowers
0-1; Victoria Dye 0-1; Camille Dash 0-1). Fouled out--Pfeiffer
University-Shontai Totten; Dajea Scott, Francis Marion Univ.-None.
Rebounds--Pfeiffer University 30 (Jonaisha Watson 5; Dajea Scott 5), Francis
Marion Univ. 42 (Alaysia Watts 13). Assists--Pfeiffer University 15 (Ariana
Tillman 5), Francis Marion Univ. 13 (TeTe Flowers 4). Total fouls--Pfeiffer
University 23, Francis Marion Univ. 17. Technical fouls--None. A-320