Third-Quarter Squeeze lifts Patriots past Saints 73-45

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University used a 19-3 performance in the third quarter, holding Flagler College to a single bucket in the period, to cruise to a 73-45 Peach Belt Conference win over the Saints, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 6) in women's basketball action.

Francis Marion, now 18-5 overall and 9-5 in PBC play, remains in third place in the East Division standings two games behind the division co-leaders.  The Patriots play at Armstrong State University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  The next home contest for Francis Marion will be Feb. 17 against Augusta University at 5:30 p.m.

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Sophomore forward Khayani Chandler came off the bench to lead the Patriots in scoring with 18 points, 14 of which came after halftime.  Senior guard Camille Dash tallied 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while junior guard TeTe Flowers registered her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds – while also dishing out five assists.

Reserve center Litisha Speights led Flagler (11-10, 7-7) with 11 points and seven rebounds.  The Saints had won four of their last five games entering Saturday.

Francis Marion took the lead for good at 7-6 on a jump shot by Dash midway through the opening quarter.  That sparked an 11-0 run by the Patriots who eventually led 18-13 at the conclusion of the period.

Flagler trimmed the margin to 24-21 on a lay-in by Tiffany Hodge with 6:37 left before intermission.  However, FMU responded with a 14-1 spurt – including six points from freshman Shaunice Fulmore – that produced a 16-point advantage (38-22) late in the period. Flagler scored the final four points of the half to pull within 38-26 at halftime.

The Saints scored the opening bucket of the third quarter to draw within 38-28, but the Patriots scored 19 of the next 20 points to lead 57-29 heading into the fourth period.  Chandler concluded the deciding sequence with three consecutive three-pointers, much to the delight of the Homecoming crowd of 1,439.

A fourth three-pointer by Chandler gave FMU its largest lead at 62-31 with 8:11 left and Flagler would get no closer than 25 points over the final 10 minutes.

Francis Marion shot 40 percent from the field, including 6-of-20 from three-point territory, and the Patriots hit 11-of-20 free throws.  Flagler connected on 32.7 percent of its shots, was 1-of-8 on three-pointers, and hit 10-of-18 at the foul line.

The Patriots outrebounded the Saints 49-37 and converted 23 Flagler turnovers into 24 points.

 

2-6-16 1:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. 73, FLAGLER 45
FLAGLER (11-10, 7-7 PBC)
Litisha Speights 5-6 1-3 11; Tiffany Hodge 4-7 0-1 8; Teosha Ray 3-15 0-0 6;
DeAsha Campbell 1-7 3-6 5; Kristina Bugarski 1-2 2-2 4; Alex Alford 0-2 4-4
4; Maggie Flynn 1-2 0-0 3; Elise Spann 1-5 0-0 2; Kathleen Casey 1-1 0-0 2;
Mandi Koski 0-3 0-2 0; Jasmine Celestin 0-0 0-0 0; Allie Mano 0-2 0-0 0.
Totals 17-52 10-18 45.
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. (18-5 , 9-5 PBC)
Khayani Chandler 7-10 0-0 18; Camille Dash 4-10 3-6 13; TeTe Flowers 4-13
4-8 12; Victoria Dye 4-8 1-1 9; Courtney Wood 4-5 0-0 8; Shaunice Fulmore
4-7 0-0 8; Briana Burgins 0-6 3-3 3; Kristin Tines 1-4 0-2 2; Kacey Medlin
0-0 0-0 0; Brooke Dixon 0-1 0-0 0; Lauryn Bush 0-1 0-0 0; Alaysia Watts 0-5
0-0 0. Totals 28-70 11-20 73.
Flagler.......................   13   13    3   16  -   45
Francis Marion Univ......18   20   19   16  -   73
3-point goals--Flagler 1-8 (Maggie Flynn 1-1; Teosha Ray 0-3; DeAsha
Campbell 0-1; Alex Alford 0-2; Elise Spann 0-1), Francis Marion Univ. 6-20
(Khayani Chandler 4-6; Camille Dash 2-4; Victoria Dye 0-4; Brooke Dixon 0-1;
Alaysia Watts 0-3; TeTe Flowers 0-2). Fouled out--Flagler-None, Francis
Marion Univ.-None. Rebounds--Flagler 37 (Tiffany Hodge 8), Francis Marion
Univ. 49 (TeTe Flowers 12). Assists--Flagler 13 (Alex Alford 5), Francis
Marion Univ. 19 (TeTe Flowers 5). Total fouls--Flagler 18, Francis Marion
Univ. 20. Technical fouls--None. A-1439
Charges Drawn: Flowers, Fulmore, Hodge 2, Burgins
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