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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.