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FMU Women add former Myrtle Beach standout

WPDE/Kiana Adderton heading to Francis Marion after one year at Wright State.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University women’s basketball coach Jeri Porter has announced that former Myrtle Beach High School standout Kiana Adderton will join the Patriots’ program this fall after transferring from Division I Wright State University. She will have three years of eligibility at FMU.

Adderton, a 6-1 forward, appeared in 22 contests as a freshman with the Raiders, averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. She shot 41.5 percent from the floor and 84.6 percent at the free throw stripe.

Playing for coach Jennifer Dennison, Adderton helped lead Myrtle Beach to an 85-26 record during her prep career, including a state AAA runner-up finish in 2016. She averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and six steals per game as a senior and earned All-State and Region 7-AAAA Player of the Year accolades while being named to play in the 2017 North/South All-Star game. She helped Myrtle Beach capture the region title and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

Adderton averaged 10.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per contest as a junior and garnered second-team All-Region honors while leading the Lady Seahawks to the state title game. During her sophomore campaign, she averaged 12.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg and earned All-State and region Player of the Year honors.

Three times she was named a WPDE Miss Hoop Zone Finalist (2015, 2016, and 2017) and picked up The Sun News’ Toast of the Coast honors. Adderton was named to the Beach Ball Classic All-Tournament team in 2015, and earned multiple Athlete of the Week honors.

“We are very excited that an athlete with Kiana’s abilities has identified Francis Marion as an option to continue her athletic and academic career,” Porter said. “The goal of our program is to recruit this caliber of student-athlete, and especially those from our region of South Carolina. Kiana is a face-up forward that can put the ball on the floor and score, while also possessing the ability to shoot from the perimeter – a perfect fit for our system. She is a talent that can come in and help us immediately.”

Francis Marion loses three seniors off last season’s 16-12 squad that placed sixth during the Peach Belt Conference’s regular-season.

Porter previously announced the signing of high school seniors 5-9 forward Jayla Bolden of Columbia, S.C., and 5-10 post player Zaria Woods of Lancaster, S.C., and the addition of NJCAA All-American 5-9 guard De’Ja Marshall of Chester, S.C.

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