Grace Hunter pushing the ball up the court for Charlotte. Photo by Ben Coon

Sources have confirmed, sophomore Grace Hunter is transferring from the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball program, with there being no early indication as to where the Raleigh, North Carolina native will attend next season.

This comes as a big blow for the 49ers, as Hunter averaged a team-high 17.2 points per game, while grabbing a team-high 8.6 boards per game in her sophomore season. Hunter improved on her shot while at Charlotte, shooting just over 42 percent from three-point range her sophomore year, improving on her 24.4 percent from long range from her first year. Under head coach Cara Consuegra, Hunter also made progress at the charity stripe, knocking down 73.1 percent of her shots at the free throw line in her sophomore year, almost 20 points higher than her first season with 49ers. Hunter earned a spot on the All-Conference USA First Team in her sophomore season.

During her first year at Charlotte, Hunter earned All-Conference USA Freshman Team and was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week a school-record five times. Hunter started 17 games in her freshman campaign in 31 appearances, while she averaged 11.0 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game as a 5-foot-9 guard.

With the loss of Hunter and seniors Ciara Gregory (14.8 pgg) and Lefty Webster (13.2 ppg), the 49ers will look to find replacements for their three top scorers from last season.

Trevor Wilt is the co-sports editor for the Niner Times from Concord, North Carolina. He is a communications major with a journalism minor. Trevor also works with the campus radio station, Radio Free Charlotte, where he host his own sports show and also does play-by-play commentating for the men's and women's basketball teams.