SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Francis Marion University women's basketball team forced 23 turnovers from host Armstrong State University en route to a 61-50 win over the Pirates on Senior Day, Saturday at Alumni Arena.
The Patriots improved to 16-11 overall and 11-7 in the PBC with the win, while Armstrong State fell to 9-18 overall and 5-13 in the PBC. The Pirates wrap up the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, traveling to Flagler for a 5:30 p.m. matchup against the Saints.
When the game started, the Pirates jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but Francis Marion responded with a 15-2 run over a six-minute stretch to build a 17-10 lead and take that seven point lead into halftime, 32-25.
In the second half, Heilman hit a three-point basket on the first possession for the Pirates, but again Francis Marion embarked on a run, this time an 8-0 run over a four-minute stretch to build a 40-30 lead halfway through the third quarter.
Armstrong State cut the lead to four, 51-47, on a Lauren Woods layup with 4:42 left but the Pirates would go the next four minutes without a basket, allowing the Patriots to reclaim the double-digit lead and close out the win.
Tete Flowers led a trio of Patriots in double figures with 19 points, with Shaunice Fulmore adding 16 points and Khai Chandler chipping in 15.
The Patriots recorded 13 steals on the night and forced 23 turnovers by the Pirates, leading to a 21-4 edge in points off of turnovers.