Second Quarter key to #22 Bearcats’ win over FMU

Second Quarter key to #22 Bearcats’ win over FMU

FLORENCE, SC – Twenty-second-ranked Lander University outscored Francis Marion University 24-9 in the second quarter and used that advantage to claim an 85-70 victory over the Patriots, Wednesday evening (Feb. 13) in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.

Francis Marion (8-12, 5-11) now takes to the road for its next three contests: at University of North Georgia on Saturday, at Young Harris College on Monday, and at Augusta University on next Wednesday.  The next home contest for the Patriots will be Homecoming on Feb. 23 against Flagler College at 1:30 p.m.

Senior Shaunice Fulmore led FMU with 26 points, while sophomore forward Kiana Adderton chipped in 11 points.  Junior 6-2 center Tatyana McClaney came off the FMU bench to add nine points, a career-high 14 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Fulmore passed former Patriot Shannon Singleton-Bates (2007-11) for seventh on Francis Marion's career scoring list and climbed to eighth place on the PBC career list with 1,765 career points. Fulmore also tied Daisy Sellers (1992-95) for 19th on the FMU career rebounding list with 623. Graduate student forward Briana Burgins had eight points on Wednesday to move past Brenda Cain (1985-89) for 19th on the FMU all-time scoring list with 1,239 career points.

Mylea McKenith paced Lander (18-5, 15-2) with 20 points, while Tabitha Dailey scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds.

The Patriots connected on 60 percent of their shots in the opening quarter and owned a 23-20 lead, thanks to a three-pointer by Fulmore with 24 ticks left on the clock.

A McClaney free throw early in the second quarter allowed FMU to maintain a 26-25 lead, but Lander scored 16 of the game's next 18 points to go on top 41-28. The Bearcats led 44-32 at halftime.

Fulmore trimmed the deficit back to 10 with the first bucket after the intermission, but that was as close as the Patriots got for the remainder of the contest. A 9-0 run in the latter stages of the third quarter ballooned Lander's lead to 23, and the Bearcats carried a 71-49 advantage into the fourth.

Lander stretched the margin to as many as 28 on a couple of occasions in the fourth quarter before Francis Marion closed the game on a 17-4 run.

The Patriots connected on 45.9 percent of their field goal attempts, including 6-of-19 from beyond the arc. FMU went 8-for-13 at the charity stripe. Lander shot 55.0 percent from the floor, and knocked down 8-of-15 three-point attempts. The Bearcats hit 11-of-16 from the free throw line.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Jeri Porter

 

02/13/19 5:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
#22 LANDER 85, FRANCIS MARION 70
LANDER (#22 18-5 , 15-2)
Mylea McKenith 8-13 0-4 20; Tabitha Dailey 6-8 5-5 17; Jessica Harris 4-7
3-3 11; Sarah Crews 5-12 0-0 11; Symone Starks 3-7 3-4 10; Miriam Recarte
4-6 0-0 9; Ariana Sanders 3-4 0-0 7; Michelle Wright 0-0 0-0 0; Quin'De'Ja
Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0; Amiaya Melvins 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 33-60 11-16 85.
FRANCIS MARION (8-12 , 5-11)
Shaunice Fulmore 11-18 1-1 26; Kiana Adderton 5-12 0-0 11; Tatyana McClaney
3-7 3-8 9; Briana Burgins 3-10 2-2 8; Camryn Johnson 2-6 2-2 7; Lauryn Bush
2-2 0-0 4; Macy Passmore 1-1 0-0 3; Khamele Manning 1-4 0-0 2; Briana White
0-0 0-0 0; Brooke Dixon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 8-13 70.
Lander........................   20   24   27   14  -   85
Francis Marion................   23    9   17   21  -   70
3-point goals--Lander 8-15 (Mylea McKenith 4-6; Miriam Recarte 1-1; Sarah
Crews 1-3; Symone Starks 1-2; Ariana Sanders 1-1; Jessica Harris 0-2),
Francis Marion 6-19 (Shaunice Fulmore 3-8; Macy Passmore 1-1; Kiana Adderton
1-4; Camryn Johnson 1-4; Khamele Manning 0-1; Briana Burgins 0-1). Fouled
out--Lander-Miriam Recarte, Francis Marion-None. Rebounds--Lander 29 (Sarah
Crews 6; Tabitha Dailey 6), Francis Marion 33 (Tatyana McClaney 14).
Assists--Lander 18 (Jessica Harris 5), Francis Marion 14 (Camryn Johnson 6).
Total fouls--Lander 17, Francis Marion 15. Technical fouls--Francis Marion-TEAM. A-884