Gilmore’s 22 powers FMU
Freshman guard Scarlett Gilmore poured in a career-high 22 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, to power Francis Marion to a 63-57 victory over Georgia Southwestern State Saturday in Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball action.
FMU improves to 10-8 overall, and evens its PBC mark at 6-6. The Lady Patriots play host to USC Aiken Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Gilmore drained four three-pointers and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the foul line, equaling the fourth-best single-game performance in the storied history of the Patriot program. This on the same night that her older brother Stephon Gilmore was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
FMU junior Kiana Adderton scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while freshman Kristian Wall added eight points, and senior 6-2 center Tatyana McClaney seven points, eight rebounds, and three blocked shots.
Jamesha Samuel came off the Georgia Southwestern bench to lead the Hurricanes with 15 points, while Madison Johnson scored 12.
Spurred on by a homecoming crowd of 1,389 and the appearance of members of the 1981 (AIAW Division II) and 1986 (NAIA) women’s basketball national championship squads, the Patriots rallied from a 37-35 halftime deficit.
Francis Marion 83 Ga. Southwestern 75
Sophomore center Winston Hill posted his second straight 30-point outing, junior forward Keith Matthews notched 21 points, and senior point guard Jaquez Smith nearly registered the third triple-double in program history to lead Francis Marion to an 83-75 win over Georgia Southwestern State.
FMU plays host to USC Aiken on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Coming off a career-high 31-point performance on Wednesday at UNC Pembroke, Hill posted 30 points, on 13-of-23 shooting, and pulled down eight rebounds. Matthews also hauled down eight boards to go with his 21 points, one shy of his career high also set last Wednesday at UNCP.
Smith scored nine points, dished out nine assists, and gathered a career-high 10 rebounds, while FMU freshman swingman Ja’Lil Robinson added 13 points.