FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University women's basketball team overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to edge visiting Armstrong State University, 64-63, in Peach Belt Conference action on Wednesday afternoon in Florence, S.C.
The Patriots improved to 11-11 overall and 6-7 in the PBC with the win, while Armstrong State falls to 7-15 overall and 3-10 in the PBC with its fifth straight loss. The Pirates return to action on Monday, February 8, traveling to USC Aiken for a 5:30 p.m. PBC contest with the Pacers.
Armstrong State opened up the game with back-to-back three-pointers by junior Mercedes Jenkins and junior Machala Raymonville en route to an early 8-2 lead. The Pirates led by 11 after the first quarter, 24-13, and by 12 at halftime, 39-27.
Francis Marion's Shaunine Fulmore went on a personal 8-0 run against the Pirates over a three and a half minute stretch in the third quarter to pull the Patriots to within four points, 41-37, midway through the period. FMU trailed by three at the quarter break, 52-49, and took its first lead of the fourth quarter on another Fulmore basket that made the score 55-54 with 5:17 left in the game.
With the score tied at 60-all with 2:20 left, a pair of free throws by Raymonville put the Pirates back in front, 62-60, with two minutes left to go. A basket by Fulmore tied the score again at 62-all with 1:45 left, then a free throw by Raymonville gave the Pirates a 63-62 lead with 1:19 to go.
Khai Chandler hit a basket with 17.3 seconds left to give FMU the 64-63 lead. The Pirates called time out and advanced the ball to the frontcourt. A three-point shot by Deundria Clark with seven seconds left missed, but the Pirates got the rebound and again called time out with 2.6 seconds left. Senior Lauren Woods received the inbounds pass on the sideline and drove to the basket, but her scoop shot missed as time expired, giving the Patriots the win.
Jenkins led a trio of Pirates in double figures with 18 points, while Raymonville finished with 16 points. Woods, who played for the Patriots last season before transferring to Armstrong State, had 12 points in her return to the Smith University Center as a member of the Pirates.
Fulmore led the Patriots with 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. Keanua Williams added 12 points off the bench, while Chandler finished with 11 points and Briana Burgins added 10 points.