Amaya Ransom tries to find the basket. Photo by Chris Crews

Despite trailing only by one at the end of the half, Charlotte could not hold the lead for long as they fall to Middle Tennessee State 64–45.

Charlotte freshman Octavia Wilson started off the game with an easy jumper 17 seconds in to the game. Charlotte had their biggest lead of the game, leading 11–2 with five minutes left to play in the first quarter. Before the buzzer could sound off, junior Laia Raventos hit a baseline 12-footer to give the Niners the 18–10 lead.

The late basket did not affect the Blue Raiders as they started the second quarter off with a 7–0 run to cut Charlotte’s lead down to one with 5:44 left to play in the first half. After a layup by Charlotte’s Jaida Robinson, Middle Tennessee’s Anna Jones drained in a three-pointer to tie the game 20–20 with 5:02 left in the half. With Charlotte leading 26–24 with two minutes left in the half, another three-pointer by Anna Jones gave the Blue Raiders their first lead of the game. Both teams would trade three-pointers before the end of the half, with the Blue Raiders leading 30-29.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Charlotte senior Amaya Ransom drained in a three-pointer to give Niners a two-point lead. The lead would be short-lived as Middle Tennessee would score an easy layup to tie the game 32–32. The Blue Raiders would take the lead again 35-32 behind a three-pointer by Abbey Sissom. Only 16 points were scored in the third quarter, but 11 of the 16 belonged to the Blue Raiders.

After a scoreless minute in the fourth, a three-pointer by Middle Tennessee’s Jess Louro gavebthe Blue Raiders a 10-point lead. Charlotte cut the lead down to five behind a jumper from Jaida Robinson but, Charlotte would not get closer than that. Middle Tennessee went on a 14–0 run over the next four minutes to take a 60–41 lead with 1:47 left in the game. Charlotte was only able to score 11 points in the quarter while Middle Tennessee scored 23 points.

Middle Tennessee had three players score in the double-figures, with Alex Johnson leading all scorers with 18 points. The Blue Raiders led the game in points off turnovers and 2nd chance points with 16.

Charlotte only had two players score in double-figures, with Jaida Robinson scoring 12 points while Amaya Ransom scored 10.

The 49ers will begin a three-game homestand Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. when they take on Marshall.