Hartsville, S.C. - Six players scored in double figures as the Francis Marion Patriots rolled past the Coker Lady Cobras 99-60 in women’s collegiate basketball on Friday afternoon. For just the second time this season the FMU Patriots were held to under 100 points as they improved to 6-0 on the season and Coker falls to 1-6 overall.
Coker came out guns blazing and took an early 12 point lead in the first five minutes of the game, but then FMU turned up the heat and over the next five minutes evened the score before ending the first half with a 22 point lead, 48-26.
The second half was much like the end of first half, as the Patriots continued to use a fast paced offense and full court defensive pressure to increase their lead to as much as 45. In the game, FMU caused 32 Coker turnovers, while turning those turnovers into 40 points. Coker was able to out rebound FMU, 41-38, but the Patriots out shot the Lady Cobras 51.3 percent to 41.5 percent.
Leading the offensive attack for FMU was Shana Franks with 22 points, while Creshenda Singletary had 12 points in her first contest of the season. Robin Colbert and Shannon Singleton-Bates each had 11 points with Singleton-Bates grabbing nine rebounds. Eboni Fields and Kevina Ransom each had 10 points and Ransom pulled down seven boards.
For the Lady Cobras, Henna Koponen (Vantaa, Finland) led the way with 16 points and eight boards, while Lotta Aaltonen (Rauma, Finland) had 11 points and five rebounds.
Coker will now take a much needed break for the holidays before returning to the floor on January 5, 2009, when they travel to Mount Olive for a 5:30 p.m. Conference Carolinas game. FMU returns to action on Monday, as they host North Georgia in a Peach Belt match-up at 5:30 p.m.