Fulmore nets 29 as FMU swoop by Hawks 67-56

Fulmore nets 29 as FMU swoop by Hawks 67-56

FLORENCE, SC – Senior Shaunice Fulmore scored 29 points to help Francis Marion University win its home opener 67-56 over Chowan University in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday night (Nov. 19).

The Patriots (2-0) return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. against the University of Mount Olive in the Smith University Center.

Fulmore's 29 points came within one of her career-high, and moved her into 14th place on FMU's all-time scoring list with 1,404 points, passing former FMU great Gwen Canty. Graduate student Briana Burgins was the lone other Patriot in double-figures with 12 points. Burgins also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and had three steals, while at the defensive end she drew an amazing seven charges. Senior guard Alliyah Gillespie had seven points and seven assists.

Three scored in double-digits for Chowan (2-3), led by Jahkeria Bagby's 14. Jada Lee and Joanne Williams each chipped 10, and Lee also handed out eight assists.

A Burgins' layup at the 5:24 mark of the first quarter jump-started a 7-0 FMU run which put the Patriots ahead 11-4. The lead climbed as high as nine in the opening quarter at 15-6, but the Hawks closed the gap to 15-9 after the first 10 minutes.

A pair of buckets by Fulmore opened the second quarter, pushing Francis Marion's lead to 10. The Hawks responded with two quick buckets of their own, and scored 10 of the final 14 points of the half to trim the Patriots' advantage to one at halftime, 28-27.

Burgins took a defensive rebound coast-to-coast for a layup at the 6:41 mark of the third quarter to push FMU's advantage back up to six at 35-29. The Hawks answered again, with a Jordan Pettaway three-pointer capping an 8-0 run which gave Chowan its first lead of the night at 37-35. The two teams went back-and-forth for the remainder of the third, and entered the fourth quarter even at 41-41.

With 7:58 left in the fourth, junior center Tatyana McClaney hit a 14-foot jumper to break a 45-45 tie and gave the Patriots the lead for good. Fulmore followed up with FMU's lone three-pointer of the contest on the next possession to stretch the lead to five. Francis Marion put the game out of reach with a six-point spurt to make it 64-54 with 32 seconds left.

The Patriots made seven of their 11 field goal attempts and scored 26 points in the fourth quarter, their highest point total in any quarter this season.

FMU went 22-for-54 from the field (40.7 percent) and hit 22 of its 32 free throw attempts. Chowan shot 44.2 percent from the floor, hit two out of 11 three-point tries, and made eight out of 13 from the charity stripe.

Francis Marion forced 22 turnovers and out-rebounded the Hawks 41-24, including a 21-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

 

Post-game comments from senior Shaunice Fulmore and FMU head coach Jeri Porter

 

11/19/18 6:00 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION 67, CHOWAN 56
CHOWAN (2-3)
Jahkeria Bagby 4-8 6-6 14; Joanne Williams 5-9 0-2 10; Jada Lee 5-13 0-0 10;
Danielle Weldon 4-7 1-1 9; Jordan Pettaway 2-2 1-4 6; Kaylah Henderson 2-6
0-0 5; Destiny Robinson 1-2 0-0 2; Arianna Hopkins 0-0 0-0 0; Sydnee Neal
0-2 0-0 0; Dierra Carter 0-1 0-0 0; Mariah Coker 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-52
8-13 56.
FRANCIS MARION (2-0)
Shaunice Fulmore 11-21 6-8 29; Briana Burgins 3-8 6-8 12; Tatyana McClaney
3-7 1-2 7; Alliyah Gillespie 1-3 5-8 7; De'Ja Marshall 1-9 2-2 4; Zaria
Woods 1-3 2-4 4; Camryn Johnson 1-1 0-0 2; Khamele Manning 1-1 0-0 2; Brooke
Dixon 0-1 0-0 0; Briana White 0-0 0-0 0; Macy Passmore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
22-54 22-32 67.
Chowan........................    9   18   14   15  -   56
Francis Marion................   15   13   13   26  -   67
3-point goals--Chowan 2-11 (Kaylah Henderson 1-3; Jordan Pettaway 1-1; Jada
Lee 0-5; Mariah Coker 0-2), Francis Marion 1-8 (Shaunice Fulmore 1-5;
Alliyah Gillespie 0-1; De'Ja Marshall 0-1; Brooke Dixon 0-1). Fouled
out--Chowan-Joanne Williams; Kaylah Henderson, Francis Marion-None.
Rebounds--Chowan 24 (Jordan Pettaway 5), Francis Marion 41 (Briana Burgins
9). Assists--Chowan 14 (Jada Lee 8), Francis Marion 14 (Alliyah Gillespie
7). Total fouls--Chowan 30, Francis Marion 16. Technical fouls--None. A-945