YOUNG HARRIS, GA – Sophomore forward Kiana Adderton canned a 15-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to give Francis Marion University a 51-50 come-from-behind victory over Young Harris College in Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action on Monday evening (Feb. 18).
Francis Marion (9-13, 6-12) concludes its three-game road trip on Wednesday (Feb. 20) with a visit to Augusta University at 5:30 p.m. The Patriots return to the Smith University Center for Homecoming on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) as they take on Flagler College at 1:30 p.m.
Freshman center Zaria Woods led FMU with nine points, while Adderton, sophomore guard Khamele Manning, junior center Tatyana McClaney, and senior Shaunice Fulmore chipped in eight points apiece. McClaney also hauled down a career-high 16 rebounds, while Manning's point total was a career-high.
Graduate student forward Briana Burgins had six points, seven rebounds and an assist. The assist was the 200th of Burgins' collegiate career, making her the first player in the storied history of the Patriot program to record 1000 career points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, and 200 steals.
Senior center Pamela Diokpara paced Young Harris (5-20, 3-16) with a game-high 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.
With 7:09 remaining in the game, a Diokpara layup matched the Mountain Lions' largest lead of the evening at 10, 44-34. FMU slowly chipped away as the quarter wore on, and a Fulmore jumper drew the Patriots within three with 1:47 on the clock. Freshman center Jessica Beckner knocked down a pair of free throws with 80 seconds left to put Young Harris up 50-45.
Fulmore hit a jumper with 50 ticks remaining, then following a pair of Young Harris turnovers, a McClaney lay-in drew FMU within 50-49 with 10 seconds left. The Patriots forced another Mountain Lion turnover, and Adderton took an in-bounds pass from Manning, dribbled down the floor, and buried her jumper to give FMU its first lead since the opening minute of the second half.
Young Harris launched a heave at the horn, but it fell short to clinch Francis Marion's fourth consecutive road win over the Mountain Lions. In total, FMU outscored Young Harris 19-8 over the final 10 minutes.
Defense ruled the first quarter on both sides, as both teams endured scoring droughts of at least four minutes in the opening period. The Mountains Lions held a 9-7 advantage at the end of the first.
At the 5:08 mark of the second quarter, Adderton, a native of Myrtle Beach, grabbed a defensive rebound, took it down the court, and finished to give FMU its first lead at 13-11. Young Harris briefly regained the advantage at 18-17, but Manning hit jumpers on consecutive possessions to give Francis Marion its biggest lead of the night at 21-18. FMU took a 21-20 edge into intermission.
Young Harris scored the first four points of the third quarter to regain the advantage. With the contest knotted up at 26-26, the Mountain Lions went on an 8-0 run, and eventually led 42-32 after three periods.
For the game, both squads connected on 19-of-60 field goal attempts (31.7 percent). FMU's defense forced 16 Young Harris turnovers while turning it over just 11 times, the second-lowest total for the Patriots this season.
02/18/19 5:30 p.m. at YHC Basketball Arena | Young Harris, Ga.
FRANCIS MARION 51, YOUNG HARRIS 50
FRANCIS MARION (9-13 , 6-12 PBC)
Zaria Woods 3-4 3-4 9; Shaunice Fulmore 3-13 2-4 8; Khamele Manning 4-13 0-2
8; Kiana Adderton 4-13 0-2 8; Tatyana McClaney 3-6 2-2 8; Briana Burgins 1-5
4-9 6; Camryn Johnson 1-4 1-2 4; Macy Passmore 0-0 0-0 0; Lauryn Bush 0-1
0-0 0; Brooke Dixon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-60 12-25 51.
YOUNG HARRIS (5-20 , 3-16 PBC)
Pamela Diokpara 5-16 1-2 11; Elle Hutchinson 1-8 5-6 7; Sarah Woghiren 2-9
3-4 7; Sarah Reid 3-5 0-2 6; Lindsey Caudell 3-9 0-0 6; Avery Jordan 2-3 0-0
4; Jessica Beckner 1-2 2-2 4; Dee Dee McLane 2-5 0-0 4; Gabby Garner 0-0 1-2
1; Grace Isakson 0-2 0-0 0; Haylie Shope 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-60 12-18 50.
Francis Marion................ 7 14 11 19 - 51
Young Harris.................. 9 11 22 8 - 50
3-point goals--Francis Marion 1-9 (Camryn Johnson 1-2; Shaunice Fulmore 0-2;
Khamele Manning 0-3; Kiana Adderton 0-1; Brooke Dixon 0-1), Young Harris 0-7
(; Elle Hutchinson 0-1; Sarah Woghiren 0-2; Lindsey Caudell 0-4). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Young Harris-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 41
(Tatyana McClaney 16), Young Harris 51 (Pamela Diokpara 17).
Assists--Francis Marion 12 (Kiana Adderton 5), Young Harris 16 (Sarah
Woghiren 5). Total fouls--Francis Marion 19, Young Harris 25. Technical