Charlotte scored 99 points, defeating cross-county rivals Davidson on the road Dec. 20. Ciara Gregory, Alexis Alexander and Lefty Webster led the charge scoring a combined 62 points in the 49ers’ season-high points tally. Charlotte extended their win streak to two games, picking up their seventh win overall before heading into the holiday break.
“I thought you could really see the fruits of our labor today,” 49ers head coach Cara Consuegra said. “Our pace was fantastic in transition. We were able to get a lot of easy stuff and I think that’s the result and reason we scored 99 points.”
Charlotte bolted out to an eight point lead minutes into the first quarter converting four consecutive layups. The unanswered scoring run forced the Wildcats to burn their first timeout two minutes into the contest.
Out of the early timeout, Davidson’s Mackenzie Latt knocked down a mid-range jumper halting Charlotte’s offensive run. At the opposite end, Laia Raventós answered driving the lane banking a left-handed layup off the glass.
Ciara Gregory sunk two three-pointers contributing to her 10 first quarter points leading to the 49ers’ 28-14 lead over the Wildcats.
Charlotte began the second period reminiscent of the way they started the first quarter. Alexander faced-up and rose above her defender scoring the first points of the stanza. Gregory continued her hot shooting streak on the subsequent possession, receiving a pass from Raventós and pulling up from behind the arc. Her shot rippled the net pushing the 49ers out to their largest lead of the afternoon, 19 points.
Following Gregory’s trifecta, Davidson began to click offensively. A layup from Dakota Dukes ignited a three minute, 15 point unanswered scoring run pulling the Wildcats within four points.
Thereafter, Webster dribbled down the floor and confidently pulled up from the top of the key knocking down a three-pointer of her own. Her long range jump shot terminated Davidson’s offensive spell. Webster went on to score an additional nine points in the quarter, 18 total, breaking her previous season-high.
“We try to take good shots not so early in the shot clock but the girl was sagging so far off me, I’ll shoot it,” Webster said. “I’m not that bad of a shooter.”
As the second half of play rolled around, both teams traded baskets early as Charlotte maintained a healthy margin through the first five minutes. Midway through the period, a layup and three-pointer from Justine Lyon trimmed Charlotte’s lead to just five points. The Wildcats would fail to cut into the deficit any more as Raventós shot the 49ers back out to a double-digit lead, knocking down two three-pointers.
In the final 10 minutes of play, Davidson shot lights out, scoring on 71 percent of their attempts. However, to the Wildcats’ dismay, Charlotte limited their opposition to only 14 attempts from the field. This mark proved to be the lowest in the four quarters of play.
Despite Davidson’s 28 points in the final 10 minutes, Charlotte prevailed, securing a hard fought victory on the road, 99-88. The 49ers will embark on another extended break for the holidays before regathering to travel to Missouri. Charlotte is set to battle the Tigers on Dec. 29, televised on the SEC Network+.