Grace Hunter moves around a defender. Photo by Chris Crews

The regular season has concluded and the Charlotte 49ers finished pulling a five seed for the annual conference tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. The Niners are slated to face the Thundering Herd of Marshall in the first round of play on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Charlotte has defeated Marshall both times they faced the Thundering Herd this season. The 49ers just closed out the final two games of the regular season with two wins, while Marshall went 1-1 on the road.

Game one: Charlotte, 93-77

In the first match-up between the two teams, Charlotte recorded their second highest scoring game of the season after posting 93. In their high-scoring campaign all five of the Charlotte starters were in double digits under the points column.

Grace Hunter, who was just named first team all-conference, collected her third double-double of the season after being responsible for 16 points and 14 boards.

The 49ers capitalized on Marshall mistakes, creating 20 points off of turnovers. Charlotte also connected both in the paint and from the charity stripe, shooting above 50 percent in both areas.

Charlotte opened strong in the contest, opening the first frame with a 29-16 lead. After a 10-point second quarter from the Niners, Charlotte came out strong posting 31 points in the third quarter. They then capped off their evening by putting up 23 points in the final 10 minutes of the game, sealing a 16-point victory over Marshall.

Game two: Charlotte, 89-75

In their final road game of the season Charlotte once again had all five starters in double figures in their 89-75 win against the Thundering Herd.

Hunter also repeated her performance earlier in the season, bringing home another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Amaya Ransom was a perfect from the field, hitting all three of her shots from behind the arc.

Charlotte out-rebounded Marshall 48-35, and collected 17 points off of 11 offensive boards. Once again the 49ers were at or above 50 percent in field goal percentage and free throw percentage.

The 49ers controlled the competition from the beginning with the only Marshall lead coming within the first 20 seconds of the contest. Charlotte outscored the Thundering Herd every quarter except the fourth, capturing an 89-75 victory.

If Charlotte is able to win on Tuesday against Marshall, they would go on to face the four seed Louisiana Tech Thursday at 3 p.m.


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.