The Charlotte bench celebrates a basket. Photo by Kathleen Cook

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball made it past Marshall in the opening round of the conference tournament and now are slated to face Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals.

Last Time 

Charlotte has seen the Lady Techsters once before this season when they traveled down to Baton Rouge and lost 80-54. The senior duo of Ciara Gregory and Lefty Webster combined for 35 points. Gregory connected on six shots from behind the arc in her 24-point campaign.Webster came close to recording a double-double with 13 rebounds and nine points.

Grace Hunter also contributed 11 points and Laia Raventos dished out nine assists.

The two teams battled back and forth for the first three frames, creating a 58-47 game heading to the final frame. The Lady Techsters outscored the 49ers 22-7 in the fourth quarter to take the win, 80-54.

Charlotte’s first round performance

Four of the five starters registered double digits in the points column during their Wednesday contest against Marshall. The 71-66 win for the Niners was only the second conference tournament win under head coach Cara Consuegra. The only other tournament victory also came against the Thundering Herd.

Gregory registered her 1,000th career point during her 19-point game. Webster recorded 12 points during the contest to move into fifth place in the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,494 career points.

Jaida Robinson came in from the bench to snag a career-high nine rebounds during her 12 minutes of play, contributing to a 60 rebound performance by the 49er squad.

Who to watch for LA Tech

Louisiana Tech received a bye for the first round of the tournament after securing the four seed with a 12-6 conference record.

The Lady Techsters are late bloomers as they outscore their opponents 599-494 in the fourth quarter. The 49ers are more competitive than LA Tech’s average opponent, however, posting 551 points in the final frame.  Kierra Anthony is the biggest threat from behind the arc, shooting .436 from the three-point range. Alexus Malone and Reauna Cleaver are getting work done in the paint, shooting at or above .500.

Charlotte has the advantage on blocked shots, recording 259 over the season compared to a LA Tech 93.

Both teams are averaging around 39 rebounds a game. Charlotte has a more widespread offense recording 505 assists, averaging 16 a game, creating four players who average double digits over the season.

LA Tech has 434 assists on the season, averaging less than 15 assists a game.

The 49ers square off with Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m. central time. If Charlotte advances they will face the winner of WKU/North Texas Friday at 4:30 p.m. central time.


Kathleen Cook is the sports editor of the Niner Times and from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the junior communication major/journalism minor isn't covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.