Pats fly past falcons, keep undefeated record


Photo by: Caleb Reeves

Sophomore Briana Burgins (3) jumps for the ball during the tip off in the game against the P effer Falcons.

The FMU women’s basketball team played their rst home game on Nov. 21, defeating the Pfeiffer University Falcons 60-48.

Senior Alaysia Watts led the Patriots in points as she earned her second double digit stats of the season. With the win over the Falcons, the Patriots secured their best start in six seasons and remained undefeated under rst-year head coach Jeri Porter.

Sophomore Khayani Chandler scored 14 points during the Saturday game.

FMU got off to a slow start, but after establishing a rhythm, the Patriots never looked back. FMU did not maintain a continuous lead in the game and allowed the Falcons to tie the game two time during the game.

Junior visual communication major Rashauna Chestnut spent a Saturday in the Smith University Center with some friends, watching the action of the women’s basketball team.

“The rst half was good,” Chestnut said. “They were playing good. The defense was strong.”

The Patriots gained a 13-2 lead at the end of the second quarter, giving FMU a 27-16 overall lead at halftime.

Pfeiffer looked as if they might tie the game up late in the fourth quarter, but Chandler and sophomore Briana Burgins worked together in a nal 6-0 run for the Patriots, securing the victory for the Patriots with a 12 point lead in front of their home crowd.

The Patriots were helped by 29 Pfeiffer turnovers, which were turned into 29 points for the Patriots.

Watts led the Patriots in rebounds, and she and Chandler split the lead for points in the game, both nishing with 14. Thirty point three perfect of FMU’s shots were successful in game play and had 13 out of 21 successful shots from the free throw line.

The FMU women’s basketball team will play Mount Olive on Dec. 8.