FMU Women drop PBC opener to #12 Nighthawks

FMU Women drop PBC opener to #12 Nighthawks

FLORENCE, SC – Twelfth-ranked University of North Georgia scored 50 points in the paint and shot 59 percent from the floor to defeat Francis Marion University 81-53, Thursday evening (Dec. 19) in the Peach Belt Conference women's basketball action.

FMU (4-3, 0-1) will play its final home game before the holidays on Saturday afternoon when the Patriots entertain Young Harris College at 1:30 p.m.  General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, but fans bringing a medium or large teddy bear to the game will gain free admittance for four people.  The bears will go to the Windy Hill Fire Department.

Sophomore center Zaria Woods continued her stellar play as she led Francis Marion with 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting.  She also grabbed a career-high equaling 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.  Over the past three contests, the Lancaster native has connected on 24-of-29 field goal attempts and is shooting 74.0 percent for the season.

Freshman Kristian Wall came off the Patriot bench to score eight points, while junior Kiana Adderton and senior Abigail Bullock added seven points apiece.  Adderton also handed out six assists.

Reserve freshman forward Chloe Savage paced North Georgia (9-1, 2-0) with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Patriots held an early 4-2 advantage after a Woods' lay-in, but UNG scored eight straight points and never trailed again.  The margin was only 16-13 before the Nighthawks closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 24-13. 

A pair of inside hoops to open the second period expanded the margin to 28-13.  A three-pointer by junior guard Camryn Johnson brought Francis Marion to within 30-22 with six minutes left before halftime.  UNG responded with 11 consecutive points and would lead 46-28 at intermission.

A pair of three-pointers to open the third period pushed the advantage to 52-28 and the margin would not dip under 20 for the remainder of the contest.

FMU shot 34.9 percent from the floor and was 4-of-8 at the free throw stripe.  Included in UNG's 58.9 percent shooting percentage was 6-of-16 from behind the three-point arc, and the Nighthawks were 9-of-14 on free throws.

 

Post-game comments from FMU head coach Jeri Porter

 

12/19/19 5:30 pm at Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
#12/#13 NORTH GEORGIA 81, FRANCIS MARION 53
NORTH GEORGIA (#12/#13 9-1, 2-0)
Chloe Savage 7-7 2-2 17; Abbie Franklin 5-7 0-0 14; Imani Arnold 6-11 1-3
13; Julianne Sutton 4-8 3-5 11; Abby Hubert 4-6 0-0 9; Faith Arthur 4-6 0-0
8; Kara Groover 2-5 1-2 5; Macey Gregg 1-5 2-2 4; Livia Skinner 0-0 0-0 0;
Lacie McCoy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-56 9-14 81.
FRANCIS MARION (4-3,0-1 Peach Be)
Zaria Woods 10-11 0-3 20; Kristian Wall 3-7 1-1 8; Abigail Bullock 2-11 2-2
7; Kiana Adderton 3-12 0-0 7; Khamele Manning 2-7 0-0 5; Camryn Johnson 1-2
0-0 3; Tatyana McClaney 1-3 0-0 2; Scarlett Gilmore 0-7 1-2 1; Briana White
0-1 0-0 0; Macy Passmore 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 4-8 53.
North Georgia.................   24   22   15   20  -   81
Francis Marion................   13   15    8   17  -   53
3-point goals--North Georgia 6-16 (Abbie Franklin 4-6; Abby Hubert 1-2;
Chloe Savage 1-1; Kara Groover 0-2; Macey Gregg 0-4; Lacie McCoy 0-1),
Francis Marion 5-24 (Khamele Manning 1-4; Kiana Adderton 1-4; Abigail
Bullock 1-6; Kristian Wall 1-3; Camryn Johnson 1-2; Macy Passmore 0-1;
Briana White 0-1; Scarlett Gilmore 0-3). Fouled out--North Georgia-None,
Francis Marion-None. Rebounds--North Georgia 39 (Macey Gregg 9), Francis
Marion 29 (Zaria Woods 10). Assists--North Georgia 25 (Kara Groover 7),
Francis Marion 13 (Kiana Adderton 6). Total fouls--North Georgia 15, Francis
Marion 18. Technical fouls--None. A-686