Lefty Webster pulls up from behind the arc. Photo by Ben Coon
Lefty Webster pulls up from behind the arc. Photo by Ben Coon

The Charlotte 49ers wrap up their two-game homestand, Saturday Feb. 20 welcoming Western Kentucky to Halton Arena. Charlotte will wear their pink uniforms as they support and honor those in the fight against breast cancer in the annual Play 4Kay contest. Additionally, Charlotte will celebrate former 49ers as part of Alumnae Weekend. In the two teams last meeting on Jan. 23, WKU defeated Charlotte, 77-66 in Kentucky. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Each season, the 49ers dedicate one game in support of women’s fight against breast cancer and the Play 4Kay initiative.

“Being able to support the WBCA’s initiative for breast cancer awareness and raising money to find a cure is really important,” head coach Cara Consuegra said. “It affects so many women and men. To be apart of that is really important to us and we hope people come out to support not just ourselves but the great cause.”

The Play 4Kay game in addition to Alumnae Weekend will lead to a unique atmosphere inside Halton Arena that the 49ers have an opportunity to take full advantage of. Playing in front of big crowds has helped drive Charlotte this season. Each time their cheered on by a passionate fan base, their performance on the court has improved, more likely than not, propelling them to victory.


WKU is no joke; they’re the reigning Conference USA champions. However on the bright side, the 49ers played poorly offensively on the road three weeks ago in an 11 point loss to the Lady Toppers.

“It was one of our worst shooting games in conference play,” Consuegra said. “We need to execute, screen better and make them work defensively.”

With that being said, the 49ers can only improve offensively heading into their second meeting with the Lady Toppers. Additionally, as Consuegra mentioned, they can make the challenge a bit less difficult if they defend well. The Lady Toppers are led by three double digit scorers in Tashia Brown, Kendall Noble and Ivy Brown. However, if the 49ers stifle just one of WKU’s three stars, other Lady Toppers will be forced to step up.

Jared Allen is the Sports Editor for the Niner Times. He has been involved with the newspaper since August 2014. In addition to being a part of the Niner Times, he hosts "The 91st Minute Radio" and calls play-by-play for the Charlotte 49ers men's and women's soccer teams on Radio Free Charlotte. Aside from being a sports (predominantly soccer) fanatic, he enjoys blogging, traveling and occasional backpacking. You can contact him at sports@ninertimes.com