The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team closed out the regular season on a good note as they took down the Florida Atlantic Owls 83 – 69 on senior night. This is the Niners second straight victory to close out the regular season before heading into the Conference USA basketball tournament in Frisco, Texas.
Senior Amaya Ransom finished her Halton Arena career by scoring a career-high 23 points to lead all players in scoring. Junior Laia Raventos had 14 points along with seven assists and five steals. Dara Pearson posted her third-straight double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Freshman Mariah Linney contributed to the effort as well, scoring 13 points and five assists. Senior Jada Martin got her first career start Saturday, and had two points, a rebound, and an assist for the day.
FAU’s Malia Kency led scoring among the Owls with 17 points. Raven Doyle had a double-double for the evening, with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Melinda Myers and Dannael Ford also reached double figures with 14 and 12 points.
In the first quarter, the Niners scored on three straight processions to take an early 6 – 2 leads. FAU tied the game up after two straight buckets by Raven Doyle. With the score tied 8 – 8, Charlotte went on a 6 – 0 run thanks to a Dara Pearson layup until a three-pointer by Malia Kency would keep it a one procession game. The Niners kept going at it until the end of the quarter, capped off by the three-pointer by Miriah Linney to give the Niners a 26 – 17 lead.
With a score of 26 – 21 and an FAU team closing in on the lead, Charlotte went on a 13 – 0 run behind a three-pointer by Amaya Ransom. The lead grew to 20 thanks to a pair of free-throws by Octavia Wilson. By the time the half was over, Charlotte was leading 49-28.
The 49ers continued the run in the third quarter, taking the lead 55 – 31 with 7:52 left to play in the quarter. The Owls however did not back down, A layup by DeChe Williams at the five-minute mark started a 6 – 0 run in four minutes and by the time Charlotte knew it, the lead was cut down to 13, 60 – 47. The half would end with Charlotte still leading 64 – 51.
The Owls continued there second half run, as a three-pointer by Dannael Ford would close the lead down to six. Charlotte would answer with a run of their own to take a 79-65 lead with four minutes left to play. Both teams would add four more points down the stretch.
“Well, what a great game for us to finish at home,” Coach Cara Consuegra said. “One of our best offensive outputs of the season, obviously, led by Amaya Ransom tonight. She played like a senior tonight. Her last home game and she just came out, took really great shots and led us to a huge lead which we were able to hang on to and get the win. This season has been so interesting, and I have never been a part of a team that has grown the way this team has grown.”
After her senior night, Ransom reflected on her time at Charlotte.
“It was my last time playing in Halton Arena,” Ransom said. “The school of Charlotte has been so great to me. My coaches, my teammates that have gone through the program before me and are still here, so to be able to put out a great effort tonight was really important to me. I feel like I did that.”
Charlotte will go into the Conference USA tournament Wednesday as the No. 6 seed as they take on No. 11 Seeded North Texas in the opening round.