MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – Junior guard Abigail Bullock scored a season-high 19 points to help Francis Marion University claim a 75-64 road victory at Georgia College in the final game of the Peach Belt Conference women's basketball regular season on Sunday afternoon (Mar. 3).
Francis Marion concludes the regular season 12-14 overall and 9-13 in Peach Belt play after posting four wins in the final five contests. The Patriots will be the seventh seed in the PBC Tournament, and will travel to play second-seeded Lander University in a quarterfinal contest on Wednesday (Mar. 6) at 5:30 p.m.
Four other Patriots joined Bullock in double-figures. Sophomore forward Kiana Adderton poured in 15, graduate student forward Briana Burgins had 11, and sophomore guard Khamele Manning and junior center Tatyana McClaney added 10 apiece. Manning's 10 points established a new career high for the Little Rock, S.C., native.
Burgins also pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the campaign. Defensively, Bullock had six steals for FMU, while Burgins collected four thefts.
Senior guard Jasmine McSwain paced the Bobcats (10-18, 8-14) with 18 points, while senior forward Sydney Cleveland added 16. Cleveland also led Georgia College with seven rebounds and four assists.
Cleveland knocked down a three-pointer to give Georgia College the contest's first bucket, but FMU's defense held the Bobcats without a field goal over the next 4:45 to take a slim lead after a layup by freshman center Zaria Woods. Francis Marion did not trail for the remainder of the contest. After senior forward Erin Drynan knotted the game at 6-6 with a lay-in to end the Georgia College drought, the Patriots proceeded to score the next 10 points while holding the Bobcats without a basket over the ensuing 4:03, to open-up a 16-6 advantage. A pair of three-pointers in the final minute of the first quarter trimmed Francis Marion's edge to 18-12 as the horn sounded.
The Patriots started the second quarter on an 8-2 run, extending the margin back into double-figures at 26-14. The Bobcats briefly cut FMU's advantage to eight, before four points from Burgins helped to fuel an 8-0 Francis Marion spurt. The Patriots then held Georgia College without a field goal over the final three minutes of the half, and Bullock hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to extend the advantage to 39-21 heading into halftime. FMU connected on 15-of-21 from the charity stripe in the opening stanza.
After a relatively quiet first half, Bullock scored 10 of her 19 points in the third quarter to help the Patriots add to their lead. At the 5:59 mark of the period, the junior converted a four-point play to put FMU up 47-30. She then buried a buzzer-beating heave from beyond half court to send Francis Marion into the final quarter with a 61-42 advantage.
In the opening minute of the fourth, Manning knocked in a jumper which stretched the margin to 65-44, the largest lead of the contest for FMU. Back-to-back three-pointers by the Bobcats quickly trimmed the edge to 15. A 7-2 spurt then brought Georgia College within 69-57 with 3:59 to play. The hosts got to within 10 of the Patriots in the final minute, but Francis Marion was able to ice the game from the free throw line.
For the game, FMU made 24-of-58 from the field, including 5-of-20 from downtown. The Patriots made 22-of-34 free throw attempts. Georgia College connected on 24-of-67 from the floor, and 8-of-25 from beyond the arc. The Bobcats made just eight of their 18 attempts from the charity stripe.
3/3/19 1:30 PM at Centennial Center / Milledgeville, Ga.
FRANCIS MARION 75, GEORGIA COLLEGE 64
FRANCIS MARION (12-14, 9-13)
Abigail Bullock 3-13 10-13 19; Kiana Adderton 5-12 4-4 15; Briana Burgins
4-5 3-6 11; Khamele Manning 4-7 1-3 10; Tatyana McClaney 3-4 4-8 10; Zaria
Woods 3-6 0-0 6; Shaunice Fulmore 1-8 0-0 2; Brooke Dixon 1-1 0-0 2; Briana
White 0-1 0-0 0; Camryn Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 22-34 75.
GEORGIA COLLEGE (10-18, 8-14)
Jasmine McSwain 7-17 2-4 18; Sydney Cleveland 5-12 2-2 16; Shay Tarver 2-8
4-7 8; Harper Vick 4-8 0-1 8; Sadie Cleveland 2-7 0-0 5; Kenyatta Storms 2-5
0-0 5; Erin Drynan 2-7 0-2 4; Christen Copeland 0-0 0-0 0; DeLayne Rotolo
0-0 0-0 0; Dakota Williamson 0-0 0-2 0; Keyonna Wesley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals
24-67 8-18 64.
Francis Marion................ 18 21 22 14 - 75
Georgia College............... 12 9 21 22 - 64
3-point goals--Francis Marion 5-20 (Abigail Bullock 3-8; Kiana Adderton 1-5;
Khamele Manning 1-1; Shaunice Fulmore 0-5; Camryn Johnson 0-1), Georgia
College 8-25 (Sydney Cleveland 4-9; Jasmine McSwain 2-4; Kenyatta Storms
1-2; Sadie Cleveland 1-6; Keyonna Wesley 0-1; Shay Tarver 0-3). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Georgia College-Kenyatta Storms. Rebounds--Francis
Marion 50 (Briana Burgins 14), Georgia College 39 (Sydney Cleveland 7).
Assists--Francis Marion 12 (Abigail Bullock 3; Zaria Woods 3; Shaunice
Fulmore 3), Georgia College 12 (Sydney Cleveland 4). Total fouls--Francis
Marion 15, Georgia College 24. Technical fouls--None. A-402