N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's basketball team captured its
20th win of the season while supporting the WBCA's Play 4Kay initiative
Sunday afternoon, knocking off George Washington, 68-56, inside Halton Arena.
The victory, the program's ninth straight on the season, moved the Niners
within a half-game of conference leader Dayton in the Atlantic 10 race, who
plays Monday night.
Charlotte (20-4, 9-1 A-10) attained the 20-win plateau for the 13th
time in program history and first since 2010-11 when it won a school-record 27
on its way to reaching the WNIT Semifinals. Four 49ers tallied double-figure
points, while seniors Jennifer Hailey, the three-time reigning Atlantic 10
Player of the Week, and Amanda Dowe each posted a double-double for the
Hailey, who was honored pregame for her recent career blocked shots record and
1,000 career rebounds, finished with a game-best 16 points and 13 rebounds to
go along with five rejections. It marks her 10th-straight
double-double and her 19th of the season and 39th of her
Dowe contributed a 15-point, 17-rebound performance for her third-straight
double-double, the 11th of the season and 19th of her
career. Ten of her 17 boards came on the defensive glass, helping the Niners to
win the battle of the boards, 48-to-39.
Fellow starters Jai Forney and Hillary Sigmon chipped in 13 and 10 points,
respectively, with Sigmon draining the team's lone 3-pointer.
Danni Jackson poured in 12 points to lead the Colonials, while Megan Nipe and
Alexis Chandler each notched 10 to give George Washington (11-14, 5-6 A-10) a
trio in double figures. Tara Booker hauled in a team-best nine rebounds, one
more than Shi-Heria Shipp's eight.
The Colonials jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as the first two Niners
possessions resulted in turnovers. Once GW gained the edge, back-to-back
buckets from Forney put Charlotte ahead and it would never look back. The 49ers
would score seven straight overall, taking a 7-2 lead, featuring six out of
Forney's hands, while holding George Washington off the board until a Chandler
free throw at 11:38.
The Niners built an 11-3 cushion following a Dowe layup at 9:03 before
three-straight points from Nipe on separate possessions ended the Colonials
drought. George Washington used her personal run to start a 6-2 spurt, closing
to within four, 13-9, on an Aaliyah Brown 3-pointer just before the under
eight-minute media timeout.
Following the short break, Charlotte rattled off the next six points to build a
10-point cushion, 19-9, during the next four minutes. Another triple, this time
by Booker, halted the surge. GW would finish the half with an 8-4 run, pulling
within six, 23-17, at the intermission.
The Colonials momentum would carry over to the early stages of the second
stanza, as Shipp hit two layups and Jackson added another to slice the deficit
to two, 25-23, and forcing a quick 49ers timeout.
Feeling energized and refocused following the timeout, Charlotte mounted an 11-4
run covering the next three minutes when Sigmon capped it with lone Niners
trey. After George Washington trimmed it to seven twice in the next minute, the
last at 38-31, the 49ers tallied an 11-0 spurt to separate themselves from the
Five different players scored during the game-deciding run, as Charlotte opened
a 49-31 lead on a Dowe layup at the 10:47 mark. While the Niners advantage did
not swell above 18 for the remainder of the contest, double off-setting technicals
kept the difference the same.
The Colonials used the fouls as momentum, posting a 7-1 stretch over the course
of nearly three minutes to pull within a dozen, 52-40. George Washington would
get no closer in the final stretch, as a Forney layup helped the 49ers push the
margin back to as high as 18, 64-46, with 3:03 left.
A 10-4 game-closing run by the Colonials, including the last four points with
under a minute to play, decided the final outcome.
Charlotte returns to the road for three of its final four regular-season
contests, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday when it travels to Amherst, Mass., to
face Massachusetts. Josh Feldman returns to the airwaves as the play-by-play
voice for the Charlotte49ers.com broadcast.
Charlotte Postgame Quotes (2.17.13)
Head Coach Cara Consuegra
I was proud of our team to come out in the second half and show the team we are
capable of being. I thought in the first half, we were not very focused with
what we needed to do defensively. We were giving up easy baskets to them on
things that we knew were coming. I just didn't feel that, from top to bottom, everybody
was on the same page. We went into halftime, we talked about it and made
adjustments. We came out in the second half and still were not feeling it for
the first minute and a half. I took a timeout and was hard on the team on that
timeout. You could really see the character on this team. To come out after I
had been hard on them to come out and be different. We decided to be the
Charlotte team that we know that we can be. That a big compliment to my team they
just believe in each other so much. They believe in our coaching staff. We have
great unity. We have great togetherness. We trust each other. To listen and
change and get better. Because of those reasons, we were able to get a good win
today. I am just pleased with winning our 20th game. It is a great
accomplishment for this group of girls, who have worked so hard for it. This is
just a great team win and everyone was able to come in and contribute and we
will go from here.
the slow start
just were not focused is the word I want to use. We were not focusing on the
game plan. We were not executing the game plan. In terms of they were running,
things that we knew were coming, but we just did not play them right and it
gave them many easy layups. Offensively our pace was slow, we were not focused
on moving the ball and we were not focused on taking the right shots. We took
some bad shots. The easy ones we did get, we did not focus on the rim and
finish. The combination of the two made it a tough half for us. We just did not
have it clicking defensively or offensively. We were lucky to get out of the
first half with a lead.
holding GW to one field goal in first 11 minutes
To be honest, I cannot say that was all our doing. I thought that they missed many
easy shots. Sure we held them to one field goal but we were watching the game
and we can see we are being beat in certain situations. That is not acceptable
we have to get better. As we start getting into the playoffs, teams are not
going to miss easy shots. Therefore, we have to take care of that business now
and make sure we avoid that from even happening. That is the standard we expect
from our players and they are starting to expect it from themselves.
what needs to be done to play a full 40 minutes
think that is why many people ask me if I have seen the best out of this team.
I would say no, we could get better. I do not think we have fully peaked yet. We
have not played an entire game with everyone contributing and all clicking the
whole game. I have not seen that yet. We have had games where we started well;
most recently, we have not as much. Our team has identified that we go over
that in the film room. That is why I feel like we still have room to improve. I
think we will improve and continue to get better. You will see the best
basketball from our team when we get to March.
contributions of the low post
Absolutely Jenn and Amanda do a great job. George Washington had a great game
plan when it came to taking Jenn out of the game. She had one to two people
around her, sometimes three. We did a great job trying to get her the ball but
we had to make halftime adjustments. As we realized that was happening, we have
many other people that we have that are capable of taking over. Amanda came in
after the half and was just key in making some runs. She had some unbelievable
rebounds. She had some great shots and did some things that just helped our
momentum going. When she is playing like that, you cannot afford to send to
many people to Jenn. From there we just were able to get everybody else to step
up and contribute. The great thing about our team is it not just about one or
two people. We truly have a team were everyone is capable of stepping up every
night and that a fun team to coach.
the 20th win
is hard to believe that the season has gone that fast. We talked about it after
the game in the locker room. Twenty wins is a significant milestone and the
team should be proud of it. I do believe that the team has earned that. I say
this to them often, "you get what you earn", and this team, this year,
has tried every game to get better every week to get better. They have listened
to the message of the coaches. We have listened to what they are saying and
because of that, you can see the success we have had. At the same time, I still
think we have a ways to go. We can still get better in some areas. If we can get
everybody clicking at once, I hope we still got a lot of wins still left in us.
The A-10 is going to be tough and we have the last three of four games on the
road, which is not going to be easy, but we're going to stay focused and keep
our minds on the goal at hand.
forward Amanda Dowe
playing with Jenn in the low post
is a good person to be with. She is fun and she is aggressive on the boards. We
just play well with each other.
playing with Jenn the last four years
I know that if I am having a bad game, she will come pick me up, and if she is
having a bad game, I will have her back.
comparing this year to her last three years
I have stepped into more of a role into becoming a leader on this team. My
previous years I was looking for my role.
being a veteran on this year's team
team is fun. They're passionate, they're fun going. I just love this team.
playing better in the second half
On the physicality of the game
was just aggressive on the boards and taking better shots. First half I was not
taking good shots. In the second half, I calmed down and started taking high-percentage
They were being physical. We had to stay focused, and if I got in foul trouble,
other people would have to step up.