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Davis drops 21; still lose to Deacons

Jon Davis finished the game with 21 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Niners but could not get the win as Charlotte fell to Wake Forest, 80-56. Charlotte (2-5) has played their last three games on the road and have lost all three.

Other than Davis, Charlotte had one player finish in double figures on the night. Brandon Younger came off the bench and scored 11 points and five rebounds for the Niners.

Wake Forest had five players finish in double figures. The Demon Deacons were led by Isaiah Mucius, who finished the game with 16 points and four rebounds off the bench.

The first half was very sloppy for both teams, as both Charlotte and Wake Forest combined to commit 18 turnovers and shot 2-for-21 from the three-point line. Charlotte would take an early lead when the Niners scored 5 of the first 6 points of the game led by Milos Supica and Malik Martin who made shots inside the paint. With Charlotte trailing 12-11 in the first half, Wake Forest went on an 11-0 run to push the lead to double digits. Charlotte would cut into the lead when both Supica and Davis scored off of a layup. Both teams would split making shots the rest of the first half as Charlotte trailed Wake Forest 32-22 going into the second half.

Wake Forest was in complete control during the second half. Leading 37-26, the Demon Deacons would then go on a 13-3 scoring run capped off by a dunk by Oliver Sarr, forcing Charlotte to call a timeout. The Niners would end the run with a three-pointer from Dravon Mangum, which cut the lead down to 18 with 12:17 to play. After both teams traded buckets, Davis would make a layup in transition which cut the deficit to 17. That is as close as Charlotte would get in the second half as the Demon Deacons would continue to go on scoring runs to push the lead even higher.

Charlotte finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from the three. Wake Forest ended the game shooting 44.3 percent and 28.6 percent from the three. The Deacons shot 16-29 in the second half.

Wake Forest out-rebounded Charlotte 43-31 as the Demon Deacons had four players that recorded at least five rebounds in the game. Martin led the Niners with eight rebounds on the night.

Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play their next game when the Niners take on the USF Bulls on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Charlotte falls to Davidson on the road

The Charlotte 49ers played their first road game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they traveled 20 miles north to play their cross-county rival, Davidson. Charlotte kept the game close in the first half but could not match the intensity of the Wildcats in the second half as the Niners fell on the road 76-56. Charlotte has now lost to Davidson for the sixth consecutive year.

Charlotte finished the game with three players in double figures and were led by Jon Davis, who finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Cooper Robb finished the game with 12 points, and Milos Supica came off the bench and scored 14 points and recorded seven rebounds.

Davidson also had three players in double figures and were led by Kellan Grady and Jon Ax. Gudmundsson who finished the game with 25 and 20 points, respectively. Luka Brajkovic scored 12 points off of 4-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats.

Charlotte took an early 5-4 lead when Cooper Robb scored the first five points of the game for the Niners. Davidson would then go on to score seven of the next nine points to take a four point lead. Davidson would then lead for the rest of the game, but Charlotte still fought hard to keep the game close.

With Davidson leading 11-9, the Wildcats would go on a 12-4 scoring run capped off by an easy layup for the Wildcats, which would give them the first double-digit lead of the game. Dravon Mangum would score the next five points for the Niners to cut the deficit down to five. With 7:10 to play in the first half, both teams would then go back and forth for the next four minutes as both teams were getting good looks for scoring opportunities. With just over a minute left in the first half, Supica scored the final points of the first half as the Niners trailed Davidson 35-27.

Davidson opened the second half by scoring the first five points of the half, but Charlotte would respond as Davis scored the next four points for the Niners. With a 43-34 Davidson lead, the Wildcats would score eight of the next 11 points, which pushed the lead to 14. Davis would then score six of the next nine points for the Niners, but the Wildcats had enough momentum to maintain a comfortable lead. With Davidson leading 61-46 with 8:35 to play, the Wildcats would score the next six points, lead by Gudmundsson, and maintained a lead of at least 17 points for the rest of the game.

Davis played hard for the Niners in the second half as he went 9-for-10 from the free throw line and scored 14 of the team’s 29 points in the second half.

Charlotte finished the game shooting 36.2 percent from the field, while Davidson shot 51.9 percent. The 49ers struggled from the three-point line on both offense and defense as the Niners only shot 4-for-22 from behind the arc, while the Wildcats made 10 three pointers on the night.

Charlotte looks to improve during the month of December when they take on the College of Charleston on the road on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

Charlotte dominates in season opener

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team opened up the new season with a convincing 70-53 victory against the visiting UNC Asheville Bulldogs. The Niners finished the game with four players in double figures and six players with at least eight points. Jade Phillips led the way for the Niners with 16 points and eight rebounds in only 23 minutes of action. Laia Raventós, Christian Hithe and Jazmin Harris totaled 10 points each while Octavia Jett-Wilson and Mariah Linney finished with eight points apiece as well.

On the other side, Charlotte held the Bulldogs to only one player in double figures. Sonora Dengokl finished the game with 18 points off of 7-for-12 shooting, three rebounds and two steals.

Charlotte opened up the game strong, as the Niners took a quick 11-0 lead in the first quarter, forcing the Bulldogs to call an early timeout. Raventós, who was named apart of the Preseason All Conference-USA Team, got involved early as she scored the first five points of the game. Raventós also scored or assisted on the first 14 points of the game for the Niners. Linney closed out the first quarter with a three-pointer, as the Niners ended the opening quarter with a 17-6 lead. Harris stood strong inside the paint for the Niners as she recorded three blocks in the first quarter.

The Niners took a 26-8 lead when they opened the quarter on an 8-0 run by playing great defense by trapping the Bulldogs in the half court and forcing turnovers, which allowed easy buckets on the other end. With the score at 31-11, the Niners would score their next eight points in the paint by scoring off of offensive rebounds and easy layups. Charlotte committed a turnover late in the quarter which allowed an easy layup for the Bulldogs. Jett-Wilson made a free throw to close out the quarter and the Niners went into halftime up 40-21. Charlotte shot 16-for-30 and went 6-for-11 from behind the arc in the first half.

Jessica Wall and Dengokl scored the first four points of the second half for the Bulldogs, cutting the deficit down to 15. However, Charlotte wound respond by scoring the next 11 points and taking a 51-25 lead. The Bulldogs would go on to score nine points in the final minutes of the third quarter, but the Niners still held a 59-36 lead heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was all UNC Asheville, as the Bulldogs outscored Charlotte 17-11 in the fourth quarter. Charlotte committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Bulldogs to score 10 points off those turnovers in the final quarter but it wasn’t enough as the lead was too large to mount a comeback. With Charlotte leading 65-44 with 4:07 remaining, Charlotte’s head coach, Cara Consuegra, took all of her starters off the court and let the young freshman close out the game. Maddie Moore scored the final point of the game at the free throw line for the Niners as the game ended with a Charlotte 70-53 victory.

Coach Consuegra emphasized how she wanted to be a better rebounding team and it showed tonight, as the Niners totaled 17 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded UNC Asheville 41-32. The offensive rebounds in the game were huge for the Niners, as they finished the game with 17 second-chance points compared to the Bulldogs six points.

That (rebounding) was something we struggled with last season, so we set some higher goals for us as a team and we achieved both of them tonight being able to out-rebound Asheville by nine and have 17 offensive boards is what this team is capable of,” Coach Consuegra said.

Consuegra was also pleased with the depth of her team tonight, as six players finished with eight or more points and the team totaled 31 bench points in the game.

“It’s a luxury for us. I think what it has helped us to do is play at the pace we want to play,” Coach Consuegra said. “We got into a little foul trouble tonight but it wasn’t that concerning because you have someone else that you can just bring in right behind those folks.”

Charlotte held the Bulldogs to 41.5 percent shooting, 0-for-10 from the three-point line and forced 19 turnovers on the night.

“We’ve always been strong on the offensive end, but defensively we’ve been kind of middle of the pack, and we feel like for us to take the next step as a team, we have to be a better defensive team,” Coach Consuegra said. “To me, defense is about wanting to. There’s a lot of players who score, but maybe don’t want to defend. I feel like as a group they want to defend.”

Charlotte returns to the court on Sunday, Nov. 11 when they take on Wofford in Halton Arena at 2 p.m.

49ers swept in loss at UTEP

The Charlotte 49ers women’s volleyball team were swept 3-0 on the road against a struggling UTEP Miners squad. This loss marks Charlotte’s second straight shutout loss and now fall to 15-14 overall and 5-8 in conference play. On the other side, UTEP improves to a record of 5-19 and are now 2-10 against C-USA opponents.

The first set was full of back and forth action between both teams, as the set was tied 16 all at one point. Charlotte would then lose seven of the next nine points and eventually lose the first set 25-21.

Charlotte dug themselves into a hole in the second set, as the Niners were down 18-11 at one point. However, the Niners put together a valiant comeback and took the lead 24-23 and were one point away from winning the second set. Charlotte would then go on to lose the next three points, and fall in the second straight set 26-24.

UTEP carried their momentum into the third set, as the Miners took the lead early and never lost it. Charlotte was only down 9-7 at one point, but could not get points consistently, as the Niners lost the set and the match.

Charlotte finished the match with 33 kills and three total aces. Sydney Rowan had the most kills for the Niners with nine. Jocelyn Stoner and Molly Shaw totaled seven kills each for Charlotte.

Yumi Garcia finished with a match-high 20 digs for the Niners and now has a total of 644 digs this season, which is now eighth best in Conference USA history.

Charlotte will honor seniors, Jannelle Curtiss and Reeana Richardson, on Friday, Nov. 9 when Charlotte hosts Marshall on senior night. This match is even more special as Charlotte has a chance to clinch a C-USA tournament berth with a win against Marshall. The start time for the match is 6 p.m.

Photo by Matthew Hoffman

One last go for the seniors

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team will be led by seniors Laia Raventós and Ka’Neeshia Brown, who will be playing their final season in a 49ers uniform this year.

Raventós, a 5-foot-7 guard from Spain, entered the program in 2015 and has been nothing but sensational since joining the team. For the 2017-18 season, Raventós was named as a part of the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Conference USA Defensive Team. It is no surprise that she was listed on the Preseason All-Conference USA Team for this upcoming year, but Raventós cares more about the team than individual honors.

“I think it is important, but at the same time, what matters is how the season goes,” Raventós said. “I care more about winning and about the team. Not really individual awards, but more team awards.”

Raventós and her teammates have been putting in a lot of work this offseason to improve from last season.

“I feel that we have been working harder than last season. Especially because we started so early together,” Raventós said. “In previous years, we started right before school. This year we had more time to prepare together and focus on our fundamentals.”

Raventós enters the season as the most experienced player on the roster as she has started the majority of her games played since her freshman year. With this experience, she shows a lot of confidence and leadership for this team.

“I definitely feel more comfortable communicating with my teammates and taking this leadership role,” Raventós said. “I feel that our freshmen are going to be great. I think we have good team chemistry with our team.”

Brown enters the season as a senior on the team as well. Brown joined the program last year after she transferred from Daytona State College. Brown hopes to improve off of last season where, in one game, she grabbed a career-high four rebounds against Western Kentucky late in the season.

“A lot of us, including myself, got into the gym a little bit more,” Brown said. “Coach Consuegra really emphasized putting in the extra work to make us better as a team. Last season, we were a really great team, but we really didn’t put the effort in by getting in the gym and getting in the extra work.”

The Charlotte women’s basketball team enters the season projected to finish fifth in the conference standings. However, Brown believes this team has the potential to go for the conference championship.

“We have a goal this year and that’s to win a conference championship. In order to achieve that, we have to come together and work hard, push each other and get one percent better every day,” Brown said. “It all starts in practice. Practice makes perfect. You always want to play like it’s your last game. You can’t slack off, so you want to go as hard as you can every day because we have the potential this year and we’re going for that conference championship this year.”

It’s been a long offseason for the women’s basketball team after being knocked out of the Conference USA tournament in the first round last season and these lady seniors are ready to get back on the court.

“I’m very excited,” Raventós said. “It’s been a really long offseason. We’ve been practicing since early July and I think we’re all excited to start playing basketball again and putting our hard work into the game. I think we’re all excited.”

Coach Consuegra and the team are confident they can make it to the top this season, Raventós and Brown included. Being that there is a lot of hard work that goes into that, these Niners are ready to do it and to enjoy their final season in Halton Arena.

“It’s my senior year and I just want to go out with a bang.” Brown said.

49ers defeat the Herd with late goal

Joe Brito was the hero on Saturday, Oct. 5. scoring a goal late in the game for the Niners, leading to a 1-0 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd. With this win, Charlotte improves to an 8-3-1 record and are now 4-2 in conference play.

Offensive opportunities were hard to come by as both teams played very well on the defensive end in the first half. Both Charlotte and Marshall were held to zero shots on target in the first half. The teams combined to shoot six shots in the first half, and all of the attempts were either blocked or went wide of the net.

The defenses stayed strong in the second half, as the first shot on goal didn’t happen until the 64th minute by Noah Seach for the Niners. Marshall did not record a shot on goal until the 82nd minute when Pedro Dolabella fired a hard shot on goal, forcing Elliot Panicco to make a save for Charlotte.

Joe Brito was substituted into the game at the 84:20 mark in the game and less than five minutes later, he made a huge impact for the 49er offense. In the 89th minute, Teddy Chaouche sent a ball into the box off of a free kick. Callum Montgomery controlled the ball and quickly passed it to Brito, who shot the ball into the back of the net for the game-winning goal. This marks Brito’s first goal of the season. Chaouche recorded his sixth assist on the season and is now tied for the most assists in the conference.

Charlotte finished the game with seven shots, led by Maclean Holbrook with two shots. Brito, Tommy Madden, Dean Rutherford, Daniel Bruce and Noah Seach totaled one shot each.

Marshall finished the game with 12 shots, but only managed to record one shot on goal. Panicco has now recorded his eighth shutout of the season for the Niners.

This match concludes Charlotte’s road games for the 2018 regular season as the rest of the season will be played at Transamerica Field for the Niners. Charlotte finished the season with a 3-3-1 record on the road. Charlotte returns home to take on USC Upstate on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

Niners fall to Miners 1-0

Charlotte (8-7, 4-4 C-USA) traveled to El Paso, Texas to take on the UTEP Miners (7-8-2, 2-5-1 C-USA). The Niners allowed a goal early and could not get a score on the board, leading to a 1-0 loss. Charlotte is now on a four-game losing streak, in which they have been outscored 5-1 in those matches and have been shutout in three of the four games.

In the 17th minute, UTEP scored the only goal of the game when Cayla Payne sent a long ball into the box for Jojo Ngongo, who controlled the pass and scored. After allowing the goal, Charlotte played well on defense, only allowing three shots the rest of the match.

In the 26th minute, Sophie Sipprell had a chance to tie the game for the Niners when she hit a shot off the crossbar.

Charlotte had plenty of opportunities to score in the second half as the 49er offense totaled 14 shots in the second half. Only four of the 14 shots were on target and all the shots were saved by the UTEP goalkeeper. Charlotte attempted six shots and two corner kicks in a 13-minute span during the second half, but all the shots were either saved or went wide of the net.

Charlotte was very dominant on the offensive end, finishing the game with a 20-5 shot advantage, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on target. Megan Greene finished the game with seven shots and one shot on goal. Sandra Geiselhart had three shots while Riley Orr and Sophie Sipprell had two shots each.

Charlotte, looking to end their four-game losing streak, will stay in Texas this weekend as they take on the UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

Charlotte goes down in double overtime

Panicco attempts a save. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte’s goalkeeper, Elliot Panicco, finished the game with a season-high nine saves, but it was not enough as the 49ers fell on the road to the Radford Highlanders 2-1 in double overtime. With this overtime loss, Charlotte (6-3-1) falls to 2-3-1 on the road this season.

The 49ers came out of the gates aggressive on the offensive end. Charlotte finished the first half with eight shots, but could not capitalize on any of those scoring opportunities.

Radford made some substitutions to start the second half and it paid off for the Highlanders. At the 46:22 mark, Amadou Diop came off the bench and scored the first goal of the game when he maneuvered his way around Panicco and kicked the ball into the back of the net.

In the 79th minute, Charlotte responded with a goal of their own when Teddy Chaouche sent a corner kick into the box and Patrick Hogan headed the ball into the net, tying the game at 1 all. Chaouche records his fourth assist on the season and third assist in the last four games.

The Highlanders attempted three shots in the final five minutes of the second half, but Panicco made crucial saves in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. Radford attempted 12 shots in the second half. Panicco stayed strong in the cage, racking up eight of his nine saves in the second half.

In both overtime periods, the 49er offense became stagnant, as it could not get into any offensive rhythm and was held to only one shot in overtime.

As the game was coming to an end, Radford created one last offensive attack to score. With just under three minutes left to play in double overtime, Amadou Diop scored the game-winning goal from outside the box when he bent the ball around the 49er defenders into the right upper 90 and ricocheted the ball off the post, which was just out of reach for Panicco to save.

Radford out-shot Charlotte 20-16 in the game. The Niners were led by Daniel Bruce who finished the game with a season-high eight shots and six shots on target, but was held goalless after scoring in back-to-back games. Charlotte’s leading scorer, Tommy Madden, was held to just one shot.

Charlotte returns home when they take on the FIU Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte held scoreless in first C-USA loss

Charlotte took their four-game win streak into Mississippi when they played Southern Miss in a tough C-USA battle. The Golden Eagles grabbed an early lead over the Niners and never looked back as Charlotte fell 1-0 on the road.

The Niners (8-4, 4-1 C-USA) were held scoreless for the third time this season and the first time in a Conference USA game. This loss marks Charlotte’s fourth loss on the road.

The lone goal of the match came in the 10th minute when Hannah Abrams delivered a pass to Olivia Durham, who maneuvered her way through the 49er defense and scored, giving the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead. After the goal was scored, the 49ers played solid defense, leaving Southern Miss with only one shot on goal the rest of the first half.

The second half went back and forth between the two teams, as both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the entire half. Starting in the 60th minute, Charlotte had three scoring opportunities in a two-minute span but all of the shots were off target.

The Niner offense had a rough time tonight trying to get scoring opportunities, as they tied a season-low three shots on target off of 12 total shots.

49er goalkeeper, Abby Stapleton, played a great game in goal, racking up five saves in the game. Stapleton recorded four of her five saves in the second half, which kept her team in the game.

Charlotte’s leading goal scorer, Megan Greene, was held to only two shots, both of which went wide of the net.

The 49ers came into this game at the top of the C-USA standings with a 4-0 record, but with this loss, they now fall into second place only behind FAU.

Charlotte will stay on the road this weekend as they take on Middle Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

Slow start haunts Charlotte in loss

Chris Reynolds runs the ball. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte’s lone win last season came against the UAB Blazers at home in overtime, and they were looking to continue their winning ways against UAB on Saturday, Sept. 29. However, the 49ers got off to a sluggish start and fell to the Blazers on the road 28-7.

Charlotte (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) came out of the gates slow again for the second straight week, allowing back to back touchdowns on the first two possessions for the Blazers. UAB (3-1, 1-0 C-USA) scored on the opening drive of the game when AJ Erdely found Andre Wilson for a 35-yard touchdown.

Charlotte was able to move the ball down the field on their opening possession, but the drive ended when Chris Reynolds threw the ball into traffic and was intercepted by the UAB defense. The Blazers then drove 73 yards down the field and scored their second touchdown of the game. This marks back-to-back games where Charlotte has allowed touchdowns on the opponents’ first two possessions.

One of Charlotte’s weaknesses this season is getting the offense going early in games. In the last two outings, Charlotte has been held scoreless in the first quarter while allowing 42 points combined. Through five games this season, Charlotte has been outscored 58-10 in the first quarter.

UAB continued to scorch the 49er defense in the second quarter when AJ Erdely ran the ball in from four yards out for the score which capped off a 75 yard touchdown drive for the Blazers. Charlotte was unable to get anything going on offense in the first half as the 49ers were held to 55 yards of offense in the entire first half. On the other side, UAB finished the half with 284 total yards and lead 21-0 at halftime.

The 49er defense held strong in the second half, forcing UAB to go three-and-out on their first three drives. Charlotte had a promising drive in the third quarter as they marched down the field to the Blazer 44 yard line. The drive ended when Reynolds threw an incomplete pass intended for Mark Quattlebaum, turning the ball over on downs.

Charlotte’s offense played a lot better in the second half as the offense accounted for 208 total yards. Charlotte’s longest play from scrimmage came in the fourth quarter when Chris Reynolds found Rico Arnold on a fly route for 48 yards. Later in the drive, Charlotte would score their lone touchdown of the game when Reynolds scored off of a designed quarterback run from four yards out.

Charlotte had a chance to hold UAB to a field goal late in the fourth quarter when AJ Erdely threw an incomplete pass on third down. However, Charlotte was called for a pass interference call on the play, which led to a rushing touchdown from Spencer Brown, giving the Blazers a 28-7 lead.

Charlotte finished the game with 263 total yards, while UAB finished the game with a total of 330 yards of offense. The Blazers were held to 46 total yards of offense in the second half.

In the last two games, Chris Reynolds has thrown for a combined 485 passing yards and five touchdowns. However, Reynolds could not continue to throw with his hot hand tonight as he finished the game 17-of-25 passing for only 194 yards and one interception against the Blazers.

Rico Arnold finished the game with six receptions for 101 yards for the Niners, marking Arnold’s first 100-yard receiving game of his young career. Through five games this season, Charlotte has had a receiver reach 100 receiving yards in three games while only recording one in 2017.

One bright spot for Charlotte was the rushing attack from Benny LeMay, who ended the game with 14 carries for 83 yards. LeMay now has a total of 1321 rushing yards in his career, which moves him into second for all-time rushing yards at Charlotte, only behind Kalif Phillips.

UAB came into Saturday’s game averaging 280 rushing yards per game, the 8th best in the nation. Charlotte made an emphasis to stop the strong rushing attack from the Blazers, as the Niners held UAB to a season-low 116 rushing yards.

Charlotte has next Saturday off as they have their bye week. The 49ers will look to start strong in October when they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Charlotte draws with No. 6 Louisville

Niners stand at the ready during pregame. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers (3-1-1) went up 2-0 in the first half against the No. 6 ranked Louisville Cardinals (4-1-1), but the Niners struggled in the second half, leading to a 2-2 overtime draw.

Charlotte pulled ahead early, scoring the first goal of the game in the sixth minute when redshirt sophomore, Patrick Hogan, scored off of a rebound save. The 49ers increased the lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute when Maclean Holbrook passed the ball to Ethan Sawdon who shot the ball into the back of the net. Both Hogan and Sawdon scored their first goals of their collegiate careers Tuesday night.

In the 38th minute, Charlotte was called for a handball in the box which lead to a penalty kick goal from Geoffrey Dee for the Cardinals. Charlotte went into halftime up 2-1 and with a 6-4 advantage in shots.

The Cardinals started the second half strong on the offensive end as Louisville tied the game at two in the 46th minute when Adam Wilson shot the ball past the 49er defenders and goalkeeper. There were not many opportunities for the Niners in the second half, as the Cardinals dominated the possession, which caused Charlotte to go the entire second half without a shot.

Charlotte had their best opportunity to win the game during the second overtime period when Preston Popp fired a hard shot on target, but it was saved by Louisville’s goalie Jake Gelnovatch.

The Niners finished the game with a total of nine shots and six shots on target, led by Patrick Hogan and Preston Popp with two shots a piece.

Charlotte will continue their Kentucky road trip when the Niners travel to Lexington to play the No. 7 ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte blanks Elon, 2-0

Jamie Fankhauser prepares to strike the ball. Photo by Chris Crews

Megan Greene led the way for Charlotte (4-2-0) on Thursday night as the Niners coasted to a 2-0 victory against the Elon Phoenix (2-2-3). This win marks Charlotte’s first road win of the season and fourth shutout on the year.

The Niners scored the first goal of the game in the 33rd minute when Jamie Fankhauser struck the ball into the back of the net from inside the box off of a cross from Julia Grainda. Charlotte went into the half up 1-0 and a 7-4 advantage on shots.

Charlotte notched their second goal of the night in the 59th minute when Megan Greene scored an unassisted goal off of a hard grounded shot that went right past the goalkeeper.

The Niners finished the game outshooting the Phoenix 15-13. Elon ended the game with a 7-6 advantage in shots on target. Megan Greene lead the way in shots with a total of five shots and three shots on target. Michaella Arteta, Annie Sorando and Sophie Sipprell had two shots each for the Niners. Hannah Doherty lead the way for the Phoenix, finishing the game with three total shots and two shots on goal.

49ers goalkeeper, Abby Stapleton, stopped every shot on target, finishing the game with seven saves.

Charlotte will finish off their non-conference schedule as they travel to Greenville to play East Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.

Men’s basketball drops 11th straight in heart-breaking fashion

Najee Garvin reacts after the game. Photo by Chris Crews.

Charlotte was leading by one with under six seconds remaining and was about to earn their first win in the last 11 contests but the 49ers allowed Paul Thomas for UTEP to score the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining, leading to the Niners heartbreaking loss 87-86.

“You’re one or two plays away from securing what you are working for,” Charlotte interim head coach Houston Fancher said. “We looked like we never practiced in the first five minutes of the game. It was comical the things that we were doing. But to our credit, we fought back. We fought our way back into the game and put ourselves in position to win a basketball game”.

After scoring the first points of the game off of a Jon Davis jumper, Charlotte was out-scored 29-5 and forced Coach Fancher to call two timeouts in the first six minutes of the game. After making some shots, Charlotte regained their stride and started to fight their way back into the game.

Charlotte, trailing by 22 points, went on a 8-0 run lead by Andrien White to cut the lead down to under 15. Trailing 48-31 with 3:49 remaining in the first half, Charlotte finished the half strong, making their last four shots of the half, which were all three-pointers. UTEP guard, Omega Harris, made a three-pointer as time expired, as UTEP lead 53-45 going into the second half.

Both teams were on fire from behind the arc as both teams made nine three-pointers in the first half. White lead the Niners with 17 points in the first half and Evan Gilyard led the Miners with 14 points.

The Niners continued to fight back but could not take the lead as UTEP held a six-point lead with 17:09 remaining. With Charlotte trailing 61-55, Austin Ajukwa scored six straight points to tie the game at 61 all. Davis made a mid-range jumper to give Charlotte a 63-61 lead, which was the first time the Niners lead since 2-0.

With Charlotte trailing by three, the Niners went on an 12-3 run to take their largest lead of the night, 82-75. With 4:20 remaining, UTEP responded with six unanswered points to cut the deficit to one point. After both teams traded buckets, Charlotte remained in the lead with under two minutes remaining, as the Niners looked to close out their first win in the last 11 games.

With under a minute remaining in the game, Jailan Haslem made a pair of free throws to give Charlotte a three point lead. The Miners would quickly respond with a layup from Evan Gilyard to put the lead back to one for the Niners. Jon Davis went to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one, which gave UTEP a chance. Evan Gilyard missed a layup with eight seconds remaining but Charlotte could not get the crucial rebound, as three 49er teammates were fighting for the rebound. Paul Thomas made a quick spin move around Najee Garvin to set up the game-winning layup to give UTEP an 87-86 thrilling win over the Niners.

Ajukwa had the hot hand, scoring a season-high 24 points off of five made three-pointers. White followed up Ajukwa with 21 points. Davis finished the game with 12 points and nine assists and Luka Vasic finished the game with 12 points off of 4-for-5 shooting from three-point land.

UTEP had five players score in double figures tonight, lead by Evan Gilyard and Isiah Osborne with 22 points each. Paul Thomas recorded a double-double for the Miners with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Interim head coach Houst0n Fancher talked about how they need to get off to a better start so they do not fall behind like they did tonight.

“We talked about slow starts all week. We had that slow start again. We need to eliminate that. I thought we were prepared and focused but what gets us going are making shots and we didn’t do that the first few possessions.”

Fancher was pleased with his players effort even after muffing the rebound late in the game.

“There’s not many times I’m gonna argue when we have three guys chasing a rebound.”

Charlotte returns to action when they host the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte drops to ODU, losing streak reaches 6

Ryan Murphy checks in with Houston Fancher. Photo by Pooja Pasupula

Ryan Murphy scored a career-high 27 points tonight for the Niners but it was not enough as Charlotte fell to Old Dominion (16-4, 7-1 C-USA) at home 88-66. With this loss, Charlotte falls to a 5-14 overall record and 1-7 in conference play. The Niners are currently on a six game losing streak and have now lost eight of their last nine games.

“Old Dominion is a really good basketball team. They are on top of our league [conference] for a reason,” Charlotte interim head coach Houston Fancher said. “Two areas that they really dominate in are rebounding and they are stingy defensively. The thing that we do is turn the ball over too much and tonight they had 22 points off our turnovers. They also had a lot of second chance shot opportunities in the second half.”

Charlotte scored the first points of the game off a three-pointer by Ryan Murphy. Old Dominion responded with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 10-3 lead. After taking the lead, Old Dominion would not look back as the Monarchs never lost the lead for the rest of the game.

With 9:59 remaining in the first half, Charlotte was only down 21-16 after a made jumper from Austin Ajukwa. Old Dominion would then go on a 15-2 run to take a 36-18 lead. During that span, Charlotte committed five fouls and turned the ball over six times, which lead to easy fast break points for the Monarchs. The Niners would finish the half strong with a 16-4 run lead by Ryan Murphy to cut the deficit down to six points as Charlotte trailed 40-34 going into the second half.

Old Dominion would open the second half strong with a 16-6 run to take a commanding double-digit lead over the Niners. Charlotte would end the run with a pair of made jumpers from Ryan Murphy and Austin Ajukwa. With a 60-44 lead for Old Dominion, The Monarchs would continue to dominate as their lead never dropped below 15 points for the rest of the game.

Murphy was on fire for the Niners, scoring 27 points off of 9-for-11 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the three-point line. Without Murphy tonight, Charlotte only shot 33 percent from the field and 3-for-11 from behind the arc. Jon Davis only needed one more assist to receive his second double-double of the season, as he finished the game with 14 points and nine assists.

Fancher was complementary of Ryan Murphy tonight.

“No one works harder than Ryan does. He shot the ball well.” Fancher said.

On the other hand, Fancher was not pleased with his front court players.

“Our post players gave us little to nothing out there tonight and we need them to compete against a team like Old Dominion because they are so physical on the inside. This is the first night I would say that we got physically manhandled. We didn’t answer. We answered with fouling instead of physicality and there’s a big difference there. They got to be more physical than they were tonight. It was the first thing we talked about in the locker room tonight was how we got handled in the paint tonight,” Fancher said.

Charlotte finished the game shooting 22-for-40 from the field and 9-for-17 from three-point range.

Old Dominion ended the game with four players in double-figures, lead by Randy Haynes with 24 points. Brandan Stith finished the game with 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Monarchs.

Charlotte was out-hustled tonight, as they were outscored in points in the paint, second chance points and fast break points. The Niners were also out-rebounded 38-19.

In the month of January, Charlotte finished with a 1-6 record after winning their first game of the new year on Jan. 4 at North Texas. The Niners look to improve going into February when they host UAB on Thursday Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.