Amaya Ransom had 16 points and seven boards to lead four players in double-figure scoring, and the Charlotte 49ers scored their fourth conference victory with a 67-61 decision over the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday night. The 49ers got a huge game from Laia Raventos, who tallied 13 points and nine assists for a near double-double. Octavia Wilson recorded 12 points, and Nyilah Jamison-Myers added 11 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte.
Marshall was led by Shayna Gore’s 32 points and Talequia Hamilton’s 22 points and eight rebounds. The two combined for 54 of the team’s 61 points, and nobody else stepped up or scored in double figures. Gore hit eight of her 14 three-point attempts, and the Herd had 11 threes in the game (11-25, 44 percent) to outscore Charlotte 33 to 18 on the perimeter. However, Marshall managed only two free throws the entire game, compared to 23 free throws for the Niners. Charlotte only fouled nine times during the contest.
“The third quarter, I think, was the story of this game for us. I wasn’t pleased with our start to this game and I wasn’t pleased with us defensively at all with the first half,” Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. “I think we regrouped at halftime and came out very, very focused and the difference in this game was the third quarter to hold them to eight points and being able to maintain and take the lead in the fourth quarter.”
After the opening tip, Jamison-Myers gave Charlotte its first bucket and lead, but Marshall responded with three consecutive threes. Gore recorded 10 of the team’s first 13 points, as she began the game red-hot from behind the arc. Charlotte soonafter went on a 6-0 run, but Marshall went on a run of their own, finishing the quarter shooting 8-15 (53 percent) and went into the second leading 19-14.
In the second period, Marshall continued their torrid shooting from deep, connecting on four of their nine three-point tries. At the media timeout halfway through the period, the Herd were up 30-23. However, Ransom caught fire for Charlotte, hitting two threes to keep Charlotte close and helping the Niners go on a 8-0 run. Hamilton and and Gore each had 16 points at the half for the Herd, helping them to a narrow 35-34 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, the Niners came alive, holding the hot-shooting Herd to only eight points. Marshall missed all its three-point tries and only shot 4-13 in the period. Meanwhile, the play of freshmen Wilson and Mariah Linney (7 points, 7 rebounds, four assists) kept Charlotte in the game and ultimately gave them the lead. Another three from Ransom gave Charlotte the lead, and they went up 48-43 entering the final quarter.
Ransom and Wilson continued to be assertive on the offensive end, as their buckets gave Charlotte a 10-point lead. Marshall was not to be denied, however, as two consecutive trey balls sliced the gap to four points. Marshall stayed within striking distance, as the lead remained four points for the majority of the quarter. However, multiple turnovers and missed threes proved to be the difference maker. Charlotte successfully won the foul game as the Herd tried to extend the contest, knocking down eight free throws to put the game away, 67-61.
“I thought this was overall a huge team win for us. We feel like any time we get multiple players in double figures scoring then we have a chance to win,” Consuegra said. “”I’m super proud of Mariah. … She is getting better every single week and again that’s a credit to her because of her work in practice. She’s changed her mentality in practice. She has practiced it, she’s getting better, she’s understanding the system, understanding what we need from her and she’s just continuing to grow. I’m really excited about it.”
With the win, Charlotte improved to 8-13 on the year, and 4-4 in Conference play. Their homestand isn’t complete, as they will face the FIU Panthers on Super Bowl Sunday at 1pm. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.