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FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action at home Saturday afternoon against opponents from the Carolina Conference.

The Patriot Women will entertain Southern Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. and the FMU Men will host Belmont Abbey College at 4 p.m.

Admission to the twinbill is $10 for adults and $5 for students. FMU students are admitted free of charge on presentation of an identity document. All spectators are required to wear masks inside the Smith University Center and social distancing is recommended.

The SWU men are currently under COVID health and safety protocols and unable to play. Thus, FMU and Belmont Abbey have brought forward their rescheduled match from February 2 to Saturday.

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The Francis Marion women will play for the first time since a road loss at UNC Pembroke on Jan. 6. The Patriots, who lead the all-time series against Southern Wesleyan 11-2, won the previous meeting with SWU in December 70-63.

Sophomore center Lauryn Taylor leads FMU in averaging 15.5 points per game and pulling in 7.1 rebounds per game. Junior forward Zaria Woods is averaging 13.6 ppg and a team best 8.6 rpg, while junior guard Scarlett Gilmore adds 13.0 ppg. Sophomore point guard Aniyah Oliver leads the conference with 5.3 assists per game while also scoring 8.3 points per game.

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