PHILADELPHIA, PA - Three players scored in double-figures led by Hillary Sigmon's 16 points but it was not enough as the Charlotte 49ers (16-13) lost to the Saint Louis Billikens (11-19), 64-59, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Saint Joseph's University.
"This game typified our season in that we could not put together 40 minutes of basketball," Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. "We did not make any adjustments and it was disappointing."
Sigmon scored all 16 of her points in the second half. She connected on four threes in the half.
"I am proud of Hillary," Consuegra said. "She had a tough first half but she did not get down on herself. She continued to battle and showed tremendous character."
Jennifer Hailey recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season and the 20th double-double of her career. Ny Hammonds recorded 11 points off the bench. The 49ers bench behind the scoring of Sigmon and Hammonds finished the game with a 34-11 advantage in bench points.
Charlotte scored nine of the game's first 15 points taking a 9-6 lead after Epiphany Woodson knocked down a three at the 16:45 mark.
Then, Saint Louis went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes taking a 16-11 lead at the 13:29 mark when Janisha Gearlds scored on a layup.
Saint Louis maintained the lead for the next six minutes until Jai Forney scored on a layup at the 7:20 mark giving the 49ers a 21-20 lead.
The lead exchanged hands a couple of times over the next four minutes until Saint Louis' Kim Bee gave the Billikens the first half lead for good, 24-23 with 3:36 left in the half. Saint Louis scored the final four points of the half taking a 30-25 halftime lead.
Early in the second half, Saint Louis pushed their lead to seven, 36-29, with 15:59 on the clock. With the Saint Louis leading 41-36 at the 12:39 mark, Sigmon connected on two straight three point baskets tying the score at 41 with 11:35 on the clock.
Then, Saint Louis scored 11 of the next 15 points taking a 52-45 lead with 5:45 left in the second half. The 49ers behind 10 straight points by Sigmon cut Saint Louis lead to 60-59 with 22 seconds on the clock. However, Saint Louis behind the free throw shooting of Courtney Webb and Gearlds closed out the 64-59 win.
Charlotte will now wait until Monday, March 12 to see if they will earn a bid to the WNIT.