|Final road trip of the season begins in Tulsa|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s basketball team heads west to Tulsa, Okla., for the start of its final road swing of the regular season when it faces the Tulsa Hurricane at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday. While it marks the end of the regular season for Tulsa, the 49ers will have to play one more, Friday at UAB, in a rescheduled contest due to an earlier postponement from January.
Charlotte has locked up an opening-round bye in the upcoming Conference USA Championships, next week in El Paso, Texas. The Niners bring a 14-13 overall and 8-6 league record into Wednesday’s meeting after picking up back-to-back victories at home last week, their first win streak since January.
Senior Ny Hammonds led the way in the two triumphs, over FIU and Marshall, on her way to earning Conference USA Player of the Week honors. She became the sixth player in NCAA history, and first as a member of Conference USA, to register consecutive triple-doubles. In doing so, she has earned multiple honors, including spots on ESPN.com’s “She Also Starred” list and the NCAA’s top-five performers for the week.
Hammonds finished the week with averages of 11.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 12.5 assists in closing her Halton Arena career. She guided the Niners to a 10-4 home record this season, extending their streak to 12-straight years with double-digit victories on their own floor.
Despite her stellar week, she still ranks behind redshirt junior Gabby Tyler on the team’s leaderboard for scoring. Tyler holds a 12.0 to 11.8 points per game edge, as the pair form one-half of Charlotte’s four double-digit producers. Sophomore Kira Gordon (10.7) and junior Hillary Sigmon (10.5) join them with at least 10 points per contest.
Tyler tops the squad with 7.5 rebounds per outing, holding a full carom on average lead over Gordon’s 6.5. Sophomore Alexis Alexander is third among the 49ers with 5.6 boards per contest, followed by freshman Lefty Webster and Hammonds with 4.9 and 4.8, respectively.
Tulsa, under third-year head coach Matilda Mossman, enters Wednesday’s meeting with an 11-15 overall and 5-10 league mark. The Golden Hurricane have won just once in their last nine games, a Feb. 22 triumph over North Texas, which was also the last time they played in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Last year, Tulsa entered the Conference USA Championships as the No. 8 seed and proceeded to win the event on its home floor.
Ashley Clark paces the Golden Hurricane with 14.5 points per game. She is joined with double-figure averages by Kelsee Grovey (12.1 ppg) and Mariah Turner (10.5).
Clark is also the team’s top rebounder, hauling in 6.2 per contest, ahead of Turner’s 5.2 and Stevi Parker’s 5.0 averages.
Charlotte picked up an 85-65 triumph in the only previous meeting, a Dec. 29, 2006, contest at the Saint Peter’s Holiday Classic in Jersey City, N.J.
Wednesday’s action can be heard live on Charlotte49ers.com with Josh Feldman providing the play-by-play. Live stats will be linked through the website, while updates are also available on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.
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