Wall shines in Patriot debut as FMU prevails 80-68

Wall shines in Patriot debut as FMU prevails 80-68

WILSON, NC – Redshirt freshman forward Kristian Wall came off the Francis Marion University bench and tallied 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Patriots to a season-opening 80-68 win over Barton College, Wednesday (Nov. 13) evening in non-conference women's basketball action.

Francis Marion (1-0) will be back in action on Monday (Nov. 18) as the Patriots will play their home opener against Claflin University at 6 p.m. in the Smith University Center.

Wall connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts, including pair of three-pointers, while chipping in two steals and three assists. Sophomore 5-10 center Zaria Woods went 9-of-13 from the floor for a career-high 19 points and tallied nine rebounds and three assists. Junior 6-1 forward Kiana Adderton added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Barton (2-1) had five players hit for double-figures including Shanika Peterkin who led the squad with a double-double 14 points and 16 rebounds. Other Bulldog leaders included Michelle Gainey (14), Akira Wiggins (13), Jami Tham-Morrobel (12), and Summer Baer (11).

Francis Marion took the lead for good at 14-13 on a three-pointer by Wall with 1:58 left in the opening quarter, and the Patriots held a narrow 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Patriots scored 25 points in the second quarter to extend their lead to 43-35 at intermission. 

The Bulldog got as close as four in the third period, but the margin remained eight (60-52) heading to the final period.  Barton again pulled to with four points (63-59) with 6:54 remaining, but senior guard Abigail Bullock and Adderton responded with buckets to push the margin back to eight and FMU was able to hold off the Bulldogs.

The Patriots shot 50 percent (32-64) from the field and 33.3 percent (6-18) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs connected on 34.2 percent (25-73) from the field, 22.2 percent (4-18) from three-point range, and 87.5 percent (14-16) from the line.

The Patriots outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-39 and forced 18 turnovers.  That latter figure helped FMU to a 20-9 edge in points-off-turnovers.  FMU blocked eight shots, including four by Adderton.

FMU head coach Jeri Porter improves to 4-1 in season openers on the Patriot bench.

 

11/13/19 5:30 p.m. at Wilson, N.C. (Wilson Gymnasium)
FRANCIS MARION 80, BARTON 68
FRANCIS MARION (1-0)
Kristian Wall 8-12 2-4 20; Zaria Woods 9-13 1-4 19; Kiana Adderton 6-12 1-2
14; Abigail Bullock 4-9 0-0 9; Tatyana McClaney 3-7 3-4 9; Scarlett Gilmore
1-3 2-2 5; Taylor Simmons 1-5 1-2 4; Briana White 0-2 0-0 0; Camryn Johnson
0-0 0-2 0; Jasmyne May 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-64 10-20 80.
BARTON (2-1)
Shanika Peterkin 4-11 6-7 14; Michelle Gainey 6-14 1-1 14; Akira Wiggins
3-18 5-6 13; Jami Tham-Morrobel 6-9 0-0 12; Summer Baer 4-12 2-2 11; Madison
Jones 2-6 0-0 4; Kaliyah Gladney 0-1 0-0 0; Zanah Boyd 0-1 0-0 0; Hanna
McGrory 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-73 14-16 68.
Halftime: Francis Marion 43 Barton 35
3-point goals--Francis Marion 6-18 (Kristian Wall 2-3; Scarlett Gilmore 1-2;
Abigail Bullock 1-5; Kiana Adderton 1-4; Taylor Simmons 1-2; Briana White
0-1; Tatyana McClaney 0-1), Barton 4-18 (Akira Wiggins 2-8; Summer Baer 1-6;
Michelle Gainey 1-3; Madison Jones 0-1). Fouled out--Francis Marion-None,
Barton-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 46 (Zaria Woods 9; Kiana Adderton 9),
Barton 39 (Shanika Peterkin 16). Assists--Francis Marion 19 (Taylor Simmons
4; Tatyana McClaney 4), Barton 20 (Michelle Gainey 8). Total fouls--Francis
Marion 18, Barton 15. Technical fouls--None. A-250