The Francis Marion University men's and women's basketball teams continue non-conference play on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 23) with a home doubleheader at the Smith University Center. The 3-0 FMU women's team will face Queens University of Charlotte at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Patriot Men hosting Johnson & Wales University (NC) at 3:30 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, and FMU students are admitted free. The contest will also be streamed live online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network. Live stats will be available through www.fmupatriots.com
The FMU women are coming off a fourth-quarter come-from-behind 71-66 road win over Chowan University on Wednesday evening. Queens (1-4) enters the contest after dropping their Wednesday night game to Young Harris College 70-50. Sophomore center Zaria Woods leads the Patriots with averages of 17 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, followed by senior guard Abigail Bullock at 14 ppg and 2.7 steals per contest.
Saturday is only the second meeting between Francis Marion and Queens in women's basketball. The initial meeting between the two teams occurred in December of 2010 when the Patriots won 69-52 on the Royals' home floor.
On the men's side, Francis Marion (0-2) is fresh off a two-week break since their last game. The Patriots dropped both games during the PBC/SAC Challenge as they faced Newberry College and Catawba College. Johnson & Wales (5-1) is riding a four-game winning streak as they beat Morris College 94-84 on Wednesday.
Sophomore center Winston Hill leads the Patriots with 22.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg, while senior guard Jaquez Smith adds 21.0 ppg and 2.0 assists per game. Also scoring in double figures for the Patriots is junior forward Keith Matthews at 12.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
Francis Marion has won all five previous meetings with the Wildcats, including a 102-71 victory on Nov. 16, 2017.