The Charlotte women’s basketball team earned their fourth win-in-a-row after topping FIU on Saturday, March 2. A remarkable performance from Jade Phillips led the 49ers to their third road win.
Phillips had another double-double with career highs in points (32) and rebounds (15). She went 14-24 overall and 10 of her 15 rebounds were on defense.
Charlotte started with all the momentum after getting off to a 7-3 lead over the Panthers. A three-pointer from Mariah Linney at with 5:05 left in the first quarter made the lead go from one to four. A lay-up from Phillips in the paint started the night off for her after making the score 10-4. FIU came back late in the first to end it at 12-8.
Linney started off the second quarter with another shot from downtown, pushing the lead to seven. The Panthers went on a 6-0 scoring run trying to close the gap. The star of the night ended the FIU run by driving the paint and scoring two. With 5:03 left in the half, a fast-break called for a jumper from Bre’Osha Scott, giving FIU the lead at 20-19. Phillips scored the last eight points for the 49ers, putting them on top 25-24 at half.
Phillips started the second half just like she ended the first. She went on a scoring run for Charlotte again, but this time it was 12 points. The lead was 15, at 41-26 with 4:01 left in the third. FIU would not go away though, they went on another run, this one was 10-0.
Starting the fourth on top at 46-38, FIU got within two with 3:08 left in the game after going on a 7-0 run. Phillips last drive to the paint made for a five-point lead and two drained free throws each from Jada McMillian and Octavia Jett-Wilson ended the game at 62-53. It was a big win for the 49ers as they look to improve their seed for the C-USA Tournament.
“It’s not just the stats; it’s Jade’s urgency. The results come statistically but she really challenged our team to play better and they did.” said Head Coach Cara Consuegra post-game, regarding Phillip’s performance.
The next game will be at Halton Arena for Senior Night on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.