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Niners explode at bat and hands Elon first loss of the season

The Charlotte 49ers faced off against Elon on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Elon, prior to this game, was undefeated and the Niners were looking to bounce back from the previous loss against San Diego State four days ago, itching for a good clean win.

In the top of the first inning, Charlotte looked sharp, shutting out Elon in the first and took the lead in the inning off of a base hit and two errors.

The game started to slow down until the fourth inning came into play. The Pheonix started to get going taking the lead in the fourth at 2-1, putting together two hits and a double which seemed to be due to lack of communication from the Niners. The issues were quickly resolved as the Niners bounced back with three hits and three runs at the bottom of the inning.

As the bases were loaded, Ocker slams a hit straight up the middle to bring in two runs and another run was caused by two walks. Elon pitcher, Elise Walton, pitched three innings with strikeouts and allowed four runs and two walks. Kenna Quinn came in to replace her to play for the rest of the day with three runs earned, two walks and a strikeout.

In the bottom of the fifth, Charlotte added onto their lead with a base hit from freshman Bailey Vannoy, marking her first RBI of her career, bringing Lizzy Birch home.

Charlotte put the icing on the cake in the bottom of the sixth inning. Meredith Harris launched the ball right into the left-center field on top of the batting cages for her first home run of the season. Prior to the home run, Spenser Gray came home with a one-out walk.

The Niners closed the game out 7-2 against the Elon Phoenix. Carson Pace silently led this charge, dominating with a complete game allowing only two runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

Charlotte looks to Sunday, Feb. 17 for their next matchups against Ohio and Campbell in the Gamecock Invitational beginning at 3 p.m. in Columbia, S.C.

Defense prevails in Niners dominant win against Florida Atlantic

The Charlotte 49ers faced off against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Jan. 12 in a game that showed us defense prevails. The Niners kept the momentum going riding off a 69-54 win against FIU and none seemed to rub off in this contest.

In the opening of the first quarter, the Owls started off with an early three. Niner Jazmin Harris started a tear hitting the first three shots for Charlotte and Octavia Jett-Wilson added a jumper of her own, setting the tone with a score of 8-5 at the eight minute mark. As they got it going early with an 8-0 run, the score was 12-5 with Charlotte leading by seven. Amber Gaston ended the minor drought for the Owls, hitting a free throw with 5:49 remaining in the first. Charlotte gently pulled away as Mariah Linney sunk back to back threes to put Charlotte up 18-6 with FAU trailing by 12, forcing an FAU timeout. After the timeout, the Owls managed to get it together with Gaton leading the charge with seven points of a 9-0 run to make it 18-15 to close the first quarter.

Entering the second quarter, Maddie Moore opened with consecutive layups, followed up by Linney hitting two free throws to extend the Niner lead to 24-15. Linney was the only player in double-digits for the Niners with 14 points. A Gaston layup would start the Owls off for the quarter with the lay-in while a jumper from Jayla Adams capped off the only scores before the half for FAU. At the five minute mark, Charlotte was on an 11-2 run to further the score to 35-19 with a 16 point lead. A combined effort from the team and Moore scored the next two points and led the Niners into the half.

In the third quarter, Charlotte grabbed a 19 point lead with 7:28 left from a Linney layup and free throws from Jade Phillips. For the next three minutes of the quarter, it was a back to back tradeoff between the two teams while Laia Raventós came up with the saucy three point tray at 4:28 making it a 20 point lead; the largest lead of the contest. Lauren Harley put herself on the board with a layup as Charlotte put on a 5-0 run. FAU brought the score within 16 with a Juliette Gauthier three at 1:33. The Niners gained the points right back from the Owls as Phillips sank in two layups and one shot before the end of the third quarter. Going into the fourth, the score was 51-33.

Charlotte ran away once again with a combined Christian Hithe and Phillips 6-0 run pushing the 49ers to a 24-point lead with a score of 59-35. The lead grew to the highest of the contest, a 27-point lead from Hithe’s three with 3:29 left in regulation. FAU went on an 8-2 run which came much too late for the Owls and the Niners sealed the win 66-39 with a two from freshman Jada McMillian.

Charlotte looks forward to traveling to Southern Miss for a contest at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

49ers ball out in exhibition

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team held their season opening exhibition match against Chowan on Nov. 4, 2018. The Niners were truly dominating defensively, only allowing the Hawks to go 29.9 percent from the field and 9.1 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Charlotte was lighting up the scoreboard with five Niners in double digits.

The game’s first points in the starting minutes of the first quarter kicked off with Mariah Coker of Chowan, followed by a layup from junior guard Lauren Harley. Danielle Weldon gave the Hawks their only lead of the exhibition, adding in on a layup. Jade Phillips evened it up making the score 4-4. After that, Charlotte Crashed the boards going on a 6-0 run giving way to their lead for the rest of the game. Chowan’s Joanne Williams lessened the deficit, making the the score 8-7 at 4:39, but Charlotte would tend to pull away capitalizing and bringing the score to 13-10. Mariah Linney hit a three along with two free throws by Jett-Wilson to extend the lead 18-10.

Through the second quarter of the exhibition, Charlotte started right where they left off going on a 9-0 run carried by a Phillips steal and finish from Christian Hithe running up the score 22-10 at 9:00. With a minute trimmed off the clock, Jordan Pettaway stopped the Hawks’ drought and added to the score again in the next four minutes. Charlotte gained a comfortable 16-point lead in the hands of Hithe with two go ahead buckets and a Jazmin Harris layup. The lead extended to around 20 at one point from a jumper by Rinnah Greene and Chowan made a layup to attempt to chip away at the 18-point lead Charlotte would have at halftime.

Charlotte continued to drop buckets after the half as Phillips hit consecutive layups to create a 22 point lead. Lauren Harley also helped to pull away from Chowan. Chowan sparked a run, scoring seven of their last nine points of the quarter in around four minutes, trimming the deficit to 18 with the score at 47-29. Charlotte’s Laia Raventós opens the lead with a three-point play, and two Harris jumpers and Hithe layups help gain a 24-point lead of 56-32 going into the fourth quarter.

Charlotte was inching toward closing the game out, leaning on Jett-Wilson, Harris and Harley to gain an overwhelming lead of 29 points at 6:09. Green came up with the three-point play near 4:37 to put the score 69-40. A 9-0 run starts from Harley and Harris over the five minute mark. The Niners finished the game with a 34-point lead to beat Chowan 78-44.

Charlotte remains in Halton Arena to face UNC Asheville this Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Photo by Chris Crews

Niners sweep Blazers

The Charlotte 49ers (13-10, 3-4 C USA) capped off a clean sweep in their match on Sunday, Oct. 14 against Conference USA rival UAB, defeating the Blazers 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-22). Firing on all cylinders throughout the match, making their best performance to date this season.

The match started off quickly for Charlotte as they ran with a 6-2 start as Tyra Galloway, a brick wall on the defensive side, led the charge with a kill and a block.

UAB tried to climb back in to the first match to make it 8-7, but Jocelyn Stoner and Reeana Richardson put it all to a stop combining for the next three kills, separating from the Blazers 14-9 to force a timeout.

Charlotte went right back to business slamming two more strikes from Galloway and Nya Steele spacing 16-9. Charlotte took the first set 25-15.

The second match put the Blazers in the hot seat as they were once again trailing the Niners in the second set. Blazers had ongoing problems in Richardson and Galloway as they round out at 13-11. UAB’s Alex Kells was a driving force getting the Blazers back into it, but the band of Charlotte sisters continued to dominate in the second set clinching a 22-19 lead and finishing the set 25-22, with a little help from UAB’s errors.

The third set felt different, when UAB started to show resilience throughout the set, refusing to give in. With the set tied at 17-17 Charlotte took a timeout and made sure it was well-used. Richardson came up with two strikes to give the Niners a two point lead out of the gate.

Running away to a 23-18 lead from a Galloway/Jannelle Curtiss block, Galloway struck again to set up match point. UAB fought to comeback, answering the next four points, but in the end deficit proved too large as Charlotte held the Blazers off 25-22, grabbing the clean sweep.

The 49ers played a great game, carrying the momentum from last week’s upset against Middle Tennessee. Charlotte looks forward to hosting UTSA at 6 p.m. this Friday, Oct 19.

Charlotte struggles in non-conference finale

Megan Greene battles for a ball with a Georgia opponent. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers faced off against ECU Sunday, Sept. 9 in a showdown that got put away too early for the Niners in Greenville. Charlotte was outscored 3-0 by the Pirates as their shots just weren’t landing the way they should have.

The Pirates capitalized early, scoring a goal in the 11th minute of the first half and later scoring in the 39th minute thanks to Tori Riggs and Courtney Cash.

The pirates only brought more pressure to the field coming into the second half. East Carolina added fuel to the fire at the opening of the half by immediately scoring a heartbreaking goal off of a cross in to Cash, building more doubt in a Charlotte victory.

Missed opportunities were a big factor for the Charlotte 49ers throughout the game. Julia Grainda had a chance in the penalty box in the 17th minute, but could not win the battle with the ECU defender. Julia Honeycutt shot from afar, just going over the crossbar in the 36th minute, and Megan Greene had the last two attempts of the day.

Although they were unable to rise above, the Niners left the game with a few ideas of what could have been different as well as what was done well.

The 49ers will be back at it and look to get back to the winning mentality on Sept. 16th at 1 p.m. when they face off against Conference-USA opponent Rice in Charlotte.