Patriot Women declaw Mountain Lions 78-56

Patriot Women declaw Mountain Lions 78-56

FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore forward Kiana Adderton recorded her first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Francis Marion University knock off Young Harris College 78-56, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 5) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.

The Patriots (5-3, 2-2) return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 9) as they welcome USC Aiken to the Smith University Center at 5:30 p.m.

Adderton, a Myrtle Beach native, has recorded double-digit points in each of her four contests for FMU. Joining Adderton in double-digits for Francis Marion were senior forward Shaunice Fulmore who had 18 and junior guard Abigail Bullock who poured in a season-high 16, while adding a season-high five assists. Freshman forward Zaria Woods chipped in a career-high five assists, as the Patriots handed out a season-high 19 helpers.

The Mountain Lions (3-9, 1-5) were led by senior Pamela Diokpara's 15 points, while freshman Sarah Woghiren and sophomore Haylie Shope chipped in 14 and 10, respectively.

Young Harris opened the contest with an early 6-5 lead, but Francis Marion responded with three pointers by Adderton, Bullock, and Fulmore to grab a 14-6 advantage. After a Diokpara layup ended the run, FMU ripped off the next 11 in a row to take a 25-8 lead. The Patriots connected on 13-of-19 field goal attempts, including 5-of-7 three pointers, on their way to 31 points in the opening quarter, a season-high for points in any quarter.

Francis Marion continued to build its advantage with a strong second quarter, and extended the margin to 25 when sophomore guard Khamele Manning hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Patriots in front 53-28 at halftime. Adderton led FMU with 16 first-half points on 6-of-8 shooting, including making all four of her three-point attempts. The 53 points put up by the Patriots were a new season-high for a half. In total, Francis Marion shot 62.9 percent (22-for-35) in the first half, and connected on 8-of-11 from beyond the arc.

The Patriots cooled off a little in the second half, but stretched their lead to 27, the largest of the contest, a couple of different times in the third quarter and held a 65-40 advantage heading into the fourth. Francis Marion's lead never dipped below 20 in the final stanza.

FMU went 32-for-69 from the field (46.4 percent), including knocking down a season-high 10 three-pointers on 23 attempts. Ten different Patriots scored at least two points and made at least one field goal. Young Harris shot 44.7 percent from the floor (21-for-47), and connected on 4-of-14 from beyond the arc.

Francis Marion enjoyed a 36-27 rebounding advantage, including a 20-9 edge on the offensive glass on its way to outscoring Young Harris 27-9 in second chance points. It was the third time this season that the Patriots pulled down at least 20 offensive boards. FMU tied its season-high forcing 23 turnovers, leading to a 25-7 edge in points-off-of-turnovers.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Jeri Porter and sophomore Kiana Adderton

 

 

01/05/19 1:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
FRANCIS MARION 78, YOUNG HARRIS 56
YOUNG HARRIS (3-9 , 1-5)
Pamela Diokpara 7-13 1-2 15; Sarah Woghiren 3-4 6-9 14; Haylie Shope 4-6 0-0
10; Dee Dee McLane 4-11 1-2 9; Jessica Beckner 1-1 1-2 3; Grace Isakson 1-4
1-2 3; Sarah Reid 1-2 0-0 2; Rachel Dobbs 0-1 0-0 0; Lindsey Caudell 0-2 0-0
0; Avery Jordan 0-1 0-0 0; Elle Hutchinson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 10-17 56.
FRANCIS MARION (5-3 , 2-2)
Kiana Adderton 8-12 0-0 20; Shaunice Fulmore 8-17 0-0 18; Abigail Bullock
6-14 1-2 16; Khamele Manning 2-6 1-1 6; Tatyana McClaney 2-3 0-0 4; Briana
Burgins 2-8 0-0 4; Briana White 1-1 2-7 4; Macy Passmore 1-1 0-0 2; Camryn
Johnson 1-3 0-1 2; Zaria Woods 1-2 0-0 2; Lauryn Bush 0-0 0-0 0; Brooke
Dixon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-69 4-11 78.
Young Harris..................   14   14   12   16  -   56
Francis Marion................   31   22   12   13  -   78
3-point goals--Young Harris 4-14 (Sarah Woghiren 2-3; Haylie Shope 2-4;
Sarah Reid 0-1; Rachel Dobbs 0-1; Lindsey Caudell 0-2; Elle Hutchinson 0-2;
Dee Dee McLane 0-1), Francis Marion 10-23 (Kiana Adderton 4-6; Abigail
Bullock 3-8; Shaunice Fulmore 2-4; Khamele Manning 1-1; Camryn Johnson 0-2;
Brooke Dixon 0-2). Fouled out--Young Harris-None, Francis Marion-None.
Rebounds--Young Harris 27 (Grace Isakson 4), Francis Marion 36 (Kiana
Adderton 10). Assists--Young Harris 14 (Dee Dee McLane 3; Elle Hutchinson
3), Francis Marion 19 (Abigail Bullock 5; Zaria Woods 5). Total fouls--Young
Harris 17, Francis Marion 15. Technical fouls--None. A-711