The Charlotte 49ers return to Halton Arena Dec. 8 for a matchup with the College of Charleston. Tuesday marks the final game for the 49ers before the team embarks on an extended break due to final exams. In four previous match-ups with the Cougars, the series is tied 2-2 while the most recent showdown favored the 49ers. The two schools haven’t faced off in over two decades but Charlotte remains undefeated at home, topping the Cougars twice in the early ’90s. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Alexis Alexander has flourished from the floor this season, shooting 60 percent within the arc. Her consistency around the basket creates space for the 49ers outside shooters. Through eight games this season, Ciara Gregory and Kira Gordon have combined for a staggering 41 percent shooting percent from three-point range. As impressive as that number is, it’s even more striking considering the duo have attempted nearly 100 threes between themselves alone. The 49ers outside shooting success correlates with the team’s performance on the inside. As long as Alexander continues to dominate the paint, Charlotte will enjoy plenty of space along the perimeter as opponents pinch in defensively.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON SCOUTING REPORT
Entering Tuesday’s matchup with the 49ers, the Cougars hold a 4-2 record, only suffering both losses on the road. While as the team as a whole struggles to score only averaging 55 points per game, junior guard Brianna Bolden contributes 15 points per game on average herself. The Cougars’ offense runs through the Edgewater, Md. native as she hauls in 5.2 rebounds per game and only trails teammates Darien Huff and Courtney Gardner on trips to the foul line. In her 24 appearances at the charity strip, Bolden has converted 88 percent of them, only missing three thus-far. The Cougars possess a hounding defense, forcing 21 turnovers per game on average ranking themselves 36th nationally. Charlotte will need to take care of the basketball on offensive possessions, limiting the Cougars fast break points in order to enter their extended break 6-3