AMERICUS, GA – Despite getting a first collegiate double-double from freshman forward Shaunice Fulmore, 16 points and 10 rebounds, Francis Marion University was not able to overcome a sizable disadvantage from behind the three-point arc as Georgia Southwestern State University upset the Patriots 65-61, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.
Francis Marion drops its second straight road contest to fall to 18-7 overall and 9-7 in the PBC. The third-place Patriots will play host to East Division co-leader Augusta University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Play 4 Kay Night and Faculty Appreciation Night.
Jasmine McSwain came off the Georgia Southwestern bench (11-12, 5-11) to score a game-high 19 points, including hitting 5-of-6 three-point attempts. Va'Queshia Hall added 12 points.
As a team, Georgia Southwestern connected on 8-of-11 three-point attempts, while Francis Marion was 3-of-17 and two of those makes came in the final 31 seconds on the team's final two attempts.
FMU held advantages in various other categories, including points-in-the-paint (36-14), second-chance points (18-3), and points off turnovers (20-10).
FMU scored the game's first four points, but Georgia Southwestern quickly erased that margin with an 8-0 spurt. A stick-back bucket by Fulmore brought the Patriots to within 12-10, but the Hurricanes ended the first period with a 6-2 run to earn an 18-12 advantage.
The Hurricane lead grew to seven on several occasions in the second quarter, but a lay-in by Fulmore with 10 ticks left trimmed the deficit to 27-22 at halftime.
Francis Marion knotted the score at 32-32 after a jump shot by sophomore Khayani Chandler with 5:33 left in the third quarter. However, Georgia Southwestern responded with five straight points as the Hurricanes took the lead for good. FMU closed the period with a 5-0 spurt to cut the advantage to 42-40 entering the final quarter.
A three-pointer by Watts brought the Patriots to within 48-45 with 7:21 left, but the Hurricanes opened an eight-point margin (59-51) entering the final minute. Three-pointers by junior Victoria Dye and Dash helped cut the deficit to 63-61 with 11 seconds remaining, but that was as close as the Patriots would get. The Hurricanes were perfect on six free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Francis Marion shot 36.9 percent from the floor and was 10-of-14 at the foul line. The Hurricanes connected on 44.7 percent of their shots and hit 15-of-21 free throws.