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49ers Golf finishes fifth in Myrtle Beach

After shooting a four-over round of 292 on Tuesday, the Charlotte 49ers men’s golf team finished fifth out of 15 teams in the 2015 Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday General Hackler Championship.

The 49ers were led by Riley Davenport who ended the tournament at one over par, landing him inside the top ten amongst all competitors. Davenport was consistent on the two days, as he shot one over on Monday and breaking even on Tuesday. Sophomore Seth Gandy was huge for the 49ers on Tuesday, finishing 13th overall by the end of the tournament; he followed up his sluggish Monday performance by improving three shots on Tuesday, which shot him up the leaderboard.

Thomas Rowland, like Gandy, was aided by a successful Tuesday afternoon. Thanks to shooting just one over par on his last round, he jumped eight positions on the leaderboard. Unlike the other golfers, Victor Wiggins’ Tuesday did not go as planned. His four over par round on Tuesday moved him back on the leaderboard.

Even with the lesser round, he was still able to finish tied for 21st. The 49ers ended the tournament with Raul Menard. After playing great golf last tournament, he wasn’t able to match the same success. A tough 14-16 hole stretch led him to finishing five over par for the day. Head coach Ryan Cabbage said that despite the errors, he is keeping his head up.

“We’re still making too many mistakes in order to win golf tournaments with the quality of field we faced this week. The good news is, the mistakes that we’re making are avoidable and things we can work on in order to get better.”

North Florida, who is ranked 25th, won the tournament, finishing ahead of second place N.C. State by 12 shots. They finished three under par as a team. The 49ers will return to the green for the annual Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Georgia. The 54-hole tournament will be held for two days, Saturday-Sunday, Mar. 21-22.

Niner women win third straight on Senior Night

Ayanna Holmes ranks second in C-USA with 5.4 assists per game. Photo by Ben Robson.
Ayanna Holmes ranks second in C-USA with 5.4 assists per game. Photo by Ben Robson.

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team celebrated an enjoyable Senior Night Saturday night against the Rice Owls. The 49ers took down the Owls in convincing fashion, winning by double digits. Along with three managers, seniors Olivia Rankin, Hilary Sigmon, and Ayanna Holmes were all honored following the game.

“Great win for us on senior night, we are playing our best basketball this season,” said head coach Cara Consuegra after the game.

The 49ers won the tip, but quickly turned the ball over on their first two possessions to begin the game. Both teams looked to pressure the ball full court in hopes to create turnovers. With both teams pushing the pace, the 49ers found themselves out to an early 11-6 lead, fueled by Sigmon’s four points.

Senior Hillary Sigmon is Charlotte's all-time leader in 3 pointers made. Photo by Ben Coon.
Senior Hillary Sigmon is Charlotte’s all-time leader in 3 pointers made. Photo by Ben Coon.

After the first media timeout, the 49ers were outhustling the Owls on both ends of the floor. Holmes and Kira Gordon scored 12 consecutive points, giving the 49ers an 18-8 lead with 11:33 remaining in the first half.

The full court pressure of the 49ers continued to phase the Owls. The lead expanded to 14 at one point, but the Owls went on a 5-0 run thanks to offensive put back and a three-point field goal. This cut the lead to single digits at 24-15 with just under-eight minutes left in the first half.

Sloppy play from the teams seemed to benefit more for the Owls. After an easy layup, Consuegra was forced to burn a timeout with five minutes to go as the lead had dwindled to eight.

As play resumed, Rankin fell to the floor grabbing her ankle and was forced to leave the contest. She did not return in the first half.

With just under four minutes remaining, the Owls also turned up the full court pressure, forcing the 49ers to rush offensively. Jasmine Goodwine converted an and-one cutting the lead to five with three minutes to go, but the 49ers would continue to retaliate.

Baskets by Sigmon and Ciara Gregory boosted the lead back to nine, as the 49ers would head to the locker room with a 38-29 lead at halftime. Gordon led the 49ers with 12 points at the break, followed by Sigmon with 10. Goodwine led the Owls with nine points.

Rankin, who injured her ankle in the first half, was out on the floor to start the second half.

Both teams came out hot in the second half exchanging baskets as the 49ers lead remained at nine. After a five second call against the Owls, Holmes went the length of floor converting a three-point play, pushing the lead to 10. An Alexis Alexander lay-up expanded the 49ers lead to 16, their biggest of the game.

With the 49ers leading 58-44 after the under 14 minute timeout, the Owls looked to claw their way back into game. A 4-0 Rice run was quickly to put to rest, as Lefty Webster nailed a 3-pointer. Holmes followed up with a fade away jumper and threw a three quarters court pass to Webster who finished, giving the 49ers a 19 point lead with 10:31 to go.

Olivia Rankin is shooting 53.7 percent from the floor during her senior season. Photo by Ben Robson.
Olivia Rankin is shooting 53.7 percent from the floor during her senior season. Photo by Ben Robson.

The Owls still would not go away, going on a small 5-0 run, holding the 49ers scoreless for three minutes. The 49ers held on to their lead at 65-51 with just 7:17 remaining in the contest.

Freshman Wendy Knight would not let the Owls go away easily. She scored five straight points for the Owls expanding their run to seven points. Webster, with two free throws, ended the almost five minute scoring drought for the 49ers. With lead stuck at 12, no team seemed to be able to get anything going, as the score stood at 67-55, in favor of the 49ers.

Both teams struggled to score down the stretch, until Rice began to foul with 1:30 left in the game. Holmes, Rankin, and Sigmon, the three seniors, exited the game to standing ovations from the crowd, and were greeted with hugs from coach Consuegra as they walked to the bench.

After the game, Consuegra was happy with the way her defense played.  “We were able to maintain our lead because of our defensive ability”

The 49ers held on, winning the game 74-59. The 49ers won this game with fast break scoring and tenacious full court defense. Gordon led the 49ers to victory with 18 points and 14 rebounds, as well as 17 points from Sigmon. Goodwine led the Owls with 17 points.

“It was very exciting to play at home with my teammates. One of the best things about playing here at Charlotte is having my family come and watch,” said Sigmon who made the 106th start of her career Saturday night.

After the game, the three seniors received a framed jersey and all accomplishments were announced to the crowd. This is the first four-year class recruited by Consuegra, and led the 49ers to three NIT appearances.

The win moves the 49ers to 13-15 overall and 9-7 in conference play. The loss drops Rice to 8-19 overall and 3-13 in conference play. The 49ers will return to action March 5 at 7 p.m. on the road against Western Kentucky.

Men’s golf falls to eighth in Bayou City Collegiate Championship

After a quick start to begin the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, the Charlotte 49ers men’s golf team fell to eighth overall after a poor round of golf on Sunday. Charlotte was led by Raoul Menard and Riley Davenport who both finished inside the top 10. Menard, would go on to tie for second place overall.

“It was a good tournament for Raoul and Riley,” said head coach Ryan Cabbage after the tournament. “Both played well and had a nice finishes against a good field.  From a team stand point, today was very disappointing after we had put ourselves in a pretty good position the first two rounds.”

Menard made his presence felt atop the leader board all weekend. He finished off his successful weekend by shooting one-under 71 on Sunday. His all-tournament honor was achieved by leading the field with 17 birdies and finishing at five-under overall for the tournament. He finished just three shots away from leader Zach Cabra of Sam Houston State.

Davenport, like Menard, also shot a one-under Sunday accumulating his total to three-under overall for the tournament. This led to him finishing seventh overall.

Victor Wiggins finished the day shooting a 76. Daniel Brantley and Seth Gandy both shot a 78 on Sunday to finish up for the 49ers.

“Overall, there are positives from this week for all of our guys that we will build on. We just really struggled in today’s final round. Simple as that.”

However, the 49ers did finish ahead of all other Conference USA foes, including finishing ahead of UTSA by five shots and ahead of tournament host Rice by 20 shots. Ninth ranked South Carolina would win the tournament.

Charlotte will stay hone for their next tournament as they will play in the Davidson Invitational March 2-3.

 

49ers dominate UTSA in annual Play 4 Kay game

Lefty Webster rips the ball from the UTSA point guard. Photo by Ben Robson.
Lefty Webster rips the ball from the UTSA point guard. Photo by Ben Robson.

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team took on conference foe UTSA Saturday night in Halton Arena. The 49ers donned pink uniforms for their annual Play 4 Kay game, spreading awareness for breast cancer.

After winning the tip, the 49ers also scored the first points of the game thanks to a Lefty Webster fast-break layup which was assisted by Ayanna Holmes. The 49ers went straight to a full court pressure, completely rattling the Roadrunners, forcing them into three consecutive turnovers.

The 49ers controlled the pace early, but struggled from the field. Sloppy play and missed shots from both teams led to a low scoring start with the 49ers leading just 14-9 at the under 12 minute media timeout. Lefty Webster led the way with six points at the break.

As play continued, the 49ers relentlessly pressured the Roadrunners guards as they forced nine turnovers and only allowed 14 points. Holmes was all over the floor with four steals in the first 15 minutes of action.

Kira Gordon came up huge for the 49ers as she continuously attacked the offense glass giving the Charlotte multiple possessions.  She fueled the spurt that gave the 49ers a double digit lead at the half. She had 10 points with eight boards along with Webster who chipped in with six giving the 49ers a 32-17 lead at the break.

The 49ers came out of the locker room still maintaining the 15 point lead thanks to more prowess on the defensive end. Charlotte head coach Cara Consuegra said after the game she was very pleased with the 49ers effort on the defensive end of the court.

“This was the best effort defensively this year,” Consuegra said. “We took the most charges tonight all season.”

Olivia Rankin also saw success in the painted area like her frontcourt mate Gordon. Rankin was the recipient of many close range baskets as the 49ers continued to extend their lead, eventually escalating the lead to 18 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game.

With 10 minutes remaining, the 49ers saw trouble brewing as the lead was shrinking and Holmes, the starting point guard, picked up her fourth foul. Coach Consuegra subbed in freshman Griffin Dempsey who handled the Roadrunners’ pressure with ease.

“We saw no drop off in talent when Griffin came into the game” Consuegra said after the game. “The bench did a great job.”

Griffin and company picked the pace back up and continued to apply full-court pressure. Rankin and Gordon controlled the paint, along with a slashing Webster always seemed to be near the basket.

The 49ers lead was steady around 14 points for most of the half, and the re-entrance of Holmes seemed to seal the deal. With the score at 61-47, the 49ers saw the game well in hand with only three minutes remaining.

The 49ers cruised to a final of 74-54. Gordon led the 49ers attack with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Webster chipped in 15 points, and Alexis Alexander contributed 10 points off the bench.

The 49ers moved to 10-14 on the year and 7-6 in conference play. Charlotte will return to action on Feb. 19 at Louisiana Tech at 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte softball rolls to fourth consecutive win

The 49ers have been on fire at the plate this weekend. Photo by Ben Coon.
The 49ers have been on fire at the plate this weekend. Photo by Ben Coon.

The Charlotte 49ers softball team extended their win streak to four after cruising by the Quinnipiac Bobcats Saturday afternoon. Although the temperature was cold, the 49ers’ bats stayed hot, scoring 11 runs after games of eight and 15 on Friday afternoon. The 49ers were slated as the away team today, an unfamiliar stance at D.L. Phillips Softball Complex.

Freshman Bailey Rhoney took the mound for the 49ers and went toe-to-toe with Bobcats’ pitcher Sydney Robey. Rhoney got the best of Robey, as she threw a complete game allowing only one run on the afternoon.

After a scoreless first inning, the 49ers struck in the second as Jackie Kleinsmith singled before scoring off of a Courtney Carroll triple. Carroll would then score off of a Grace Beatty single. Beatty would eventually cross home as Haley Pace drove her in on an infield single. The 49ers would load the bases, but left three runners on after scoring three runs.

The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the second inning. The rally started with a walk from Miranda Miganda, who would then score off an error by 49ers third baseman Chelsea Lisikatos. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, this would be their only run of the afternoon.

No runs were scored until the top of the fifth as the 49ers scored another trio of runs. Kleinsmith again would start off the inning with a leadoff double. After a Carroll walk, Hayley Lewis would drive in Kleinsmith and Carroll with a double in the gap. Hayley Pace would then score Lewis with an RBI double of her own to finish the inning.

The 49ers would follow the fifth inning with a run in the sixth as Kleinsmith continued her hot streak at the plate by driving in Jessica Plemmons. Kleinsmith would finish the day with two runs scored and an RBI.

Plemmons would seal the deal for the 49ers as she finished off the Bobcats with a monster grand-slam which scored Lewis, Pace, and Natalie Capone.

Even with plenty of run support, Rhoney wouldn’t need it. The freshman pitched a complete game allowing only one run and five hits.

The 49ers (4-1) have now won four consecutive games after a season-opening loss against Gardner-Webb.

 

Men’s basketball falls short to UTEP

The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team took on the Miners of UTEP Thursday night looking
to bounce back after a loss to Old Dominion. The 49ers, who once again fell victim to a slow
start, were unable to overcome the deficit as the Miners went home with the victory.

After winning the tip, the Miners jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead forcing 49ers interim head
coach Ryan Odom to use his first timeout. Following the timeout, Terrance Williams scored the
49ers first four points as UTEP extended their early lead to a 13-4 advantage at the first media
timeout.

Pounding the ball inside has been a successful trend in recent 49ers games. A plethora of inside baskets, followed by an Ivan Benkovic 3-pointer cut the deficit to four as the Miners held on to the lead, 19-15 at the second media timeout.

The Miners were able to capitalize on a near four minute drought from the 49ers, upping their
lead to double-digits until Mike Thorne Jr. slammed one home bringing the Miners lead back to single digits at the under four timeout, with a score of 30-21.

Both teams finished the half sloppy and exchanged baskets until a Pierra Henry layup with one
second left brought 49ers within seven, as the Miners still held the lead, 34-27. Henry, the
49ers usual starting point guard, was limited Thursday night with a lingering back issue.

Williams led the 49ers with eight points at the half and Vincent Hunter of UTEP led his Miners
with eight as well.

The 49ers were able to remain within striking distance while coming out of the locker room. Fueled by Braxton Ogbueze, who was held scoreless in the first half, the lead was trimmed to six at the first media timeout. Despite this, the Miners were still ahead, 43-37.

As play began to get sloppy, the 49ers struggled to take care of the ball. The Miners balanced attack helped them surge back to a double-digit lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game.

Thanks to Benkovic and a bucket from Bernard Sullivan, the 49ers clawed back and reduced the Miners lead to five points at 57-52 with just less than eight minutes left.

The 49ers would eventually cut the Miners lead to three, due to Thorne Jr. jumper. However, this is as close as the 49ers would get for the rest of the game.

“Our guys battled throughout the game,” Odom said. “I was proud of our effort but we have to be a little better.”

The Miners would never give up the lead and go on to the win the contest 73-68. CJ Cooper led
the Miners balanced attack with 15, as he was one of five players in double figures.

Thorne Jr. fueled the 49ers with 16 points and 13 rebounds, as Williams chipped in with 12 points.

The 49ers (10-14, 3-8) continue their Texas road trip with a match-up against the University of
Texas San Antonio on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.