The Charlotte 49ers continue their three-game homestand welcoming Southern Miss to Halton Arena, Jan. 7. The 49ers are looking to rebound from a loss suffered to Old Dominion in their conference opener in which they struggled offensively. Charlotte’s matchup with the Lady Eagles marks the 24th meeting between the schools in which Southern Miss holds the advantage winning 18 of the previous 23 meetings. However, with that being said, Charlotte defeated Southern Miss five times in their past match-ups. Tip-off is scheduled for noon.
KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON
For the first time this season, Charlotte struggled to score against Old Dominion. The 49ers averaged 79 points per game entering their matchup with the Lady Monarchs but only managed to score 59 points in the meeting. Thus far Charlotte has proven that they don’t routinely have difficulties putting the ball in the basket but Sunday’s battle with Old Dominion taught the team that there will be games that they’ll be forced to win on the defensive end.
“You aren’t going to make every shot and that’s why we have to grow as a defensive team,” 49ers head coach Cara Consuegra said following the loss “When we have games like this where we aren’t knocking down threes and we are missing open shots, we have to be able to stop people.”
Thursday’s meeting with Southern Miss will be a test for the 49ers. Near midway through the season, Charlotte hasn’t lost three consecutive games. In order to avoid the slide, the 49ers will have to keep the pressure on their opposition, on both sides of the ball.
SOUTHERN MISS SCOUTING REPORT
The Lady Eagles will arrive in Halton Arena carrying an undefeated conference record in which they defeated LA Tech over the weekend. Freshman center Caitlin Jenkins shined in her team’s 10 point win scoring nearly half of the Lady Eagles’ points (29). While Jenkins hasn’t scored more than 20 points on a consistent basis, she’s practically averaged a double-double per game this season.While as a team, the Lady Eagles haven’t been prolific scoring the ball their work on the defensive ends makes up for it. Defensively, Southern Miss has limited their opposition to just 56.9 points per game, ranking them third on the Conference-USA. Charlotte will be challenged once again to lock down defensively to make their offensive battles that much easier.