Nyilah Jamison-Myers led the way with 15 points, five blocks and four rebounds, and the Charlotte 49ers coasted against the visiting Coker Cobras, 78-47 in an exhibition match. Jamison-Myers was joined in double figures by Amaya Ransom (13 points), Lauren Harley (13 points) and Octavia Wilson (10 points). Junior Laia Raventos turned in an all-around performance with 10 points, five dimes and four boards.
The Cobras, who were held to just 28.1 percent shooting, were led by Elizabeth Kincaid and Taiylar DeMoss, who both scored eight points. Coker continued to battle back and forth but were outscored 24-12 in the first quarter. During the frame, Ransom and Jamison-Myers both scored eight points and accounted for two-thirds of the Charlotte offense. In the second quarter, Charlotte’s defense came together, as they only allowed eight points. Jamison-Myers scored five more points during the frame, and the Niners went on an 11-2 run late in the quarter to create a 41-20 advantage at the break.
“We wanted to come out against Coker and start fast,” Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. “I thought defensively, we bothered them early in the game. We got our transition offense going and I’m happy with our players… They focused on the keys to the game that allowed us to have a good performance tonight.”
In the third frame, the younger players started to get involved, as the Niners pushed the lead to 20 points. While Ransom and Raventos set the tone, Mariah Linney got involved, scoring a bucket and recording her team-tying fifth assist of the night during a 6-0 Charlotte run. Thanks to the injection of youth, Charlotte went ahead 57-34 going into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Niners went on an 8-1 run to push their lead to 65-35. After a 5-0 run by Coker, Charlotte went on another 10-0 run to gain their largest lead, 75-40. Coker finished out the scoring to provide the final margin, and Charlotte walked away with the 78-47 win.
“I’m just trying to do the things they want me to,” Jamison-Myers said afterwards. “I’m doing my best to be a consistent scorer in the post and trying to help my team by having a high field-goal percentage.”
The 49ers officially open up their season on Friday, Nov. 10 as they will take on the Duquesne Dukes at 5 p.m. The game will be the first of a double-header, as the men’s team will tip off against Methodist later that evening.