FLORENCE, SC – Senior point guard Camille Dash scored a team-high 16 points and handed out six assists in her final home appearance as Francis Marion University defeated UNC Pembroke 70-62, Wednesday evening (Feb. 24) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.
Francis Marion closes its regular season with three straight wins to improve to 21-7 overall and 12-7 in the PBC. The third-seeded Patriots will play at Clayton State University on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the PBC Tournament.
FMU also climbed one spot to sixth in this week's NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll. The Patriots were picked to finish 13th in the 2016 pre-season conference coaches' poll.
Dash paced four Patriots who finished with double figures in scoring, as sophomore forward Briana Burgins notched a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and sophomore Khayani Chandler and freshman Shaunice Fulmore each added 10 points.
UNC Pembroke (10-16, 5-14) was led by a game-high 24 points from sophomore forward Jonissa Monley. Sophomore guard Airico Williams chipped in 12 points, while junior forward Mary Robinson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Braves were forced into turning the ball over 16 times, leading to 15 points in the process for the Patriots. In contrast, FMU committed only five miscues.
The Patriots would leap out to a quick 4-0 lead early in the opening quarter after a pair of layups from junior guard TeTe Flowers and Burgins. UNCP quickly tied the game and a pair of free-throws from Robinson with 4:26 remaining gave the Braves their first lead of the game at 9-8.
Tied with less than two minutes left to play, Chandler would drain a 3-point shot for the Patriots giving FMU a 15-12 advantage. Chandler wouldn't be done from beyond-the-arc, as she beat the buzzer with her second trey of the game to give the Patriots a 20-17 lead heading into the second quarter.
The second quarter would be controlled by the Braves as they quickly erased the deficit and took a four-point lead at 28-24. UNCP closed the quarter on a 6-2 run, with a bulk of its points coming at the free-throw line. The Braves went to the charity stripe a total of 19 times in the opening 20 minutes, connecting on 14 tries. Another last second bucket from Chandler would bring the Patriots to within 34-28 at halftime.
The start of the third stanza would be more favorable for FMU as they opened with a 5-0 run to slash the UNCP lead to 34-33. With 7:23 remaining in the quarter, junior guard Victoria Dye hit a three-point bucket to give the Patriots a 38-36 lead. Neither team would score for the next four minutes. After UNCP broke the drought with a free throw, FMU closed the third period with a 10-4 spurt to lead 48-41.
The largest lead of the game for FMU would come after a jumper by Dash extended the margin to nine points at 50-41. The Braves, however, would have one final push as they used a 12-2 run to erase the deficit and took a 53-52 advantage after a jumper by Monley with 6:56 left. Francis Marion responded with an eight consecutive points, five by Burgins and a three-pointer from Dye, to take the lead for good at 60-53.
UNCP trimmed the margin to 62-60 on a free throw by Monley with 2:29 remaining, Dash scored the five points in a 6-0 spurt that gave FMU a 68-60 lead with under 30 seconds to play.
Francis Marion shot 37.1 percent from the floor, including 5-of-17 from beyond the arc. The Patriots finished 13-of-15 at the charity stripe after heading to the line just twice in the first half. UNCP shot 42.3 percent from the floor, was 2-of-11 from three-point range, and connected on 57.1 percent (16-of-28) of their free-throw attempts.
The FMU bench outscored the Braves' reserves 22-5.
In addition to Dash, senior forward Alaysia Watts also played her final home game tallying four points and eight rebounds.
2-24-16 5:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. 70, UNC PEMBROKE 62
UNC PEMBROKE (10-16 , 5-14 PBC)
Jonissa Monley 10-20 4-7 24; Airico Williams 4-8 3-4 12; Mary Robinson 3-5
4-5 10; Avery Locklear 3-10 2-3 9; Crystal Hicks 0-0 2-4 2; Se'Dasia Love
1-2 0-0 2; Jasmine Huntley 1-5 0-3 2; LaShonda Prichard 0-1 1-2 1; Ebone
Stevens 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 16-28 62.
FRANCIS MARION UNIV. (21-7 , 12-7 PBC)
Camille Dash 6-14 3-4 16; Briana Burgins 5-11 3-3 13; Shaunice Fulmore 5-11
0-0 10; Khayani Chandler 4-9 0-0 10; TeTe Flowers 1-5 7-8 9; Victoria Dye
2-8 0-0 6; Alaysia Watts 2-10 0-0 4; Courtney Wood 1-2 0-0 2; Lauryn Bush
0-0 0-0 0; Kristin Tines 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 13-15 70.
UNC Pembroke.................. 17 17 7 21 - 62
Francis Marion Univ........... 20 8 20 22 - 70
3-point goals--UNC Pembroke 2-11 (Avery Locklear 1-7; Airico Williams 1-2;
Ebone Stevens 0-1; Mary Robinson 0-1), Francis Marion Univ. 5-17 (Victoria
Dye 2-5; Khayani Chandler 2-6; Camille Dash 1-4; TeTe Flowers 0-1; Alaysia
Watts 0-1). Fouled out--UNC Pembroke-None, Francis Marion Univ.-Alaysia
Watts. Rebounds--UNC Pembroke 38 (Mary Robinson 9), Francis Marion Univ. 43
(Briana Burgins 14). Assists--UNC Pembroke 13 (Jasmine Huntley 8), Francis
Marion Univ. 18 (Camille Dash 6). Total fouls--UNC Pembroke 17, Francis
Marion Univ. 20. Technical fouls--None. A-937