CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte women's basketball team
played tough to the end and two 49ers earned double-doubles but in the end,
Florida State proved to be too strong in a 70-54 victory Sunday afternoon in
Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Senior Jennifer Hailey led the Niners with her sixth-straight double-double to
open the campaign, tallying team highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. It marked
the 26th double-double of her career and she extended her streak to
18 games with at least one blocked shot.
Junior Ny Hammonds, who entered the week with a nation's leading 8.3 assists
per game, finished with a career-best 10 helpers. She also chipped in 10
points, including Charlotte's lone 3-pointer, and seven steals to finish three
shy of a triple-double in not stepping off the floor.
Senior Jai Forney was the third Niner in double figures, pouring in 12 points.
Freshman Alexis Alexander contributed a career-high eight points and
career-best tying four rebounds in 19 minutes, the most minutes she has seen
thus far in her collegiate career.
Alexa Deluzio paced the Seminoles with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including
3-of-5 3-pointers and all three free throw attempts. Natasha Howard and Chasity
Clayton each added 15 points for Florida State (7-0).
Yashira Delgado, the smallest player on the floor listed at 5-foot-2, grabbed a
FSU-best eight rebounds.
Clayton gave the Seminoles an early 7-4 lead before an 8-0 49ers run, spiked by
six Forney points, brought Charlotte (4-2) back on top, 12-7, with 12:12
remaining in the first half. After Deluzio drained a 3-pointer on the next
Florida State possession and Delgado raced to the far end after grabbing a
defensive board and ensuing layup, the game was tied at 12-12 at the 11:31
The two teams traded opportunities on either end before consecutive layups from
Alexander pushed the Niners ahead, 18-15, with exactly six minutes on the
clock. The Noles, however, did not quit and used a Howard layup at 4:39 to cap
a 6-0 surge, reclaiming the advantage, 21-18.
The next seven points were dropped in by Charlotte, including a coast-to-coast
steal and layup at the other end by Hammonds. She was fouled on the play and
converted the free throw for an old-fashioned three-point play following the
media timeout to put the 49ers on top, 23-21, at 3:47.
Hailey recorded the next bucket, capping the 7-0 streak, before Clayton halted
it with a 3-pointer at 2:39. The Seminoles finished the half by posting the
final eight points of the period to take a 29-25 edge into the intermission.
Florida State continued its offensive momentum early in the second half, using
another Clayton trey at 14:19 to take the first double-digit lead for either
team at 11, 40-29. After Leonor Rodriguez, the reigning ACC Player of the Week,
scored a layup at 13:42 to give FSU a 12-point cushion, 42-30, Hailey went to
the other end for an old-fashioned three-point play to trim the deficit to
Hailey's work kick-started an 8-1 Niner run covering over three minutes with
freshman Kira Gordon capping it with a layup at exactly 11:00 to pull Charlotte
within five, 43-38. In less than two minutes, the Seminoles increased their
margin back to double-digits on a Morgan Toles layup to make it 48-38 at 9:14.
Hailey kept the 49ers within eight, 52-44, but a 9-2 Florida State surge in the
next three minutes opened the margin to 15, 61-46, with 4:14 to play.
Again, the two teams traded baskets before Howard connected on the back-end of
a two-shot opportunity at the foul line to give FSU its largest lead of the
afternoon at 17, 67-50, with 2:03 remaining.
Charlotte returns to action for a midweek contest in state, traveling to
Wilmington, N.C., to face UNC Wilmington at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The contest can
be heard live on Charlotte49ers.com with Josh Feldman on the call.
Charlotte Postgame Quotes vs. Florida
Head Coach Cara Consuegra
It was a disappointing game for us. I thought we turned in a very half-hearted
effort. That's honestly very hard for me to swallow as a head coach as I pride
myself on having teams that bring effort, heart and intensity, and I didn't
feel like we had it tonight. I thought we had an excellent game plan in place.
They did exactly what we said they were going to do. Unfortunately we did not
have the focus and we did not have the effort to be able to follow through on
that. Florida State is a great team. They're going to go on and win a lot of
games, and they're going to do very well in the ACC. It's disappointing to have
a chance play a team like that on our home court and not play well and still be
in the game. I mean we were in the game for 30 minutes while not playing our
best. Unfortunately we weren't able to follow through and do the things that we
needed to do to win the game.
On Amanda Dowe getting
in foul trouble and not being able to get on the floor
It's a significant loss for our team. Unfortunately, it's become a habit
for Amanda. We've played lesser teams and we've been able to survive. But
again, when you play a team of the caliber of Florida State, when she goes out
it really, really hurts us. Our bench is very young right now. Alexis and Kira
have got to grow up faster. I thought they did good things, unfortunately they
don't bring all the qualities that Amanda brings. When she gets in that foul
trouble, it hurts us. She just has to mature a little bit and she has to
understand that some of those fouls aren't worth her being on the bench.
The 3-point shooting
was rough. Could that attribute to how they were playing defense on the
perimeter or was it just a bad shooting night?
It was a combination. I think the last several games we have not shot the ball
well which has been disappointing. We have spent more time in practice in order
to get us out of that slump and all you can do is keep shooting in that regard.
I think Florida State was more athletic than some other teams that we've faced
and they were getting to us on the catch. Hillary had a couple of shots blocked
where she should've used shot fakes. They were able to disrupt us and contest
us better than other people have. And when they that happens, we have got to be
smarter in using the shot fakes and go by them which we just didn't utilize
On Florida State
controlling the offensive boards and having a lot of second chance shots
Exactly. That's exactly what was in the scouting report. The number key to
the game was to boxing out, which we did not follow through. So, I will take
credit for that as the head coach. Whatever reason, whatever way, I have got to
get my team to box out because we continually did not make contact, resulting
in 19 'O' boards and 26 second-chance points, which is exactly what we knew
they were going to do. So we just got to get better with that in practice and I
will make sure we do that.
Coach, can you speak
on the turnover problem?
It was very unfortunate. I thought Florida State did a good job pressuring
us and hurrying us up a little bit, but I also thought we lost our composure.
This has been two games in a row for very high turnovers. Ny Hammonds, for
being a junior, is still an inexperienced point guard. She didn't play a lot of
minutes last year, and as a freshman she didn't play at all. Every once in a
while she gets herself in a position to turn the ball over and makes a mistake.
I believe in her as our point guard, and you're going to continue to see her as
our point guard. And I know she'll battle back from this. As a whole, when
you're point guard is playing like that, the rest of us have to do better job
at taking care of the ball. And I just think that we didn't make a lot of smart
decisions. I mean they forced us into some of them, but a lot of them were just
throwing it over people's hands or bouncing it off a foot. Just making bad
decisions, and again, that's something that I take responsibility for. I'll
make sure we watch the film and try to get better from that.
Senior Forward Jennifer Hailey
Was this the most physical game that
you've played all season?
Yeah, by far it was the toughest game that I've played all season.
What were they doing
defensively that was getting to you?
It was them being a little bit more aggressive than we were. We weren't
matching our intensity with them, so it kind of got to us a little bit.
Did not having Amanda
out there affect your game at all?
We talked about Kira
and Alexis kind of producing and helping you out when Amanda wasn't in there?
Is it different having a couple of freshmen out there?
Yeah, it affected me a lot.
Yeah, it's a lot different compared to me playing with Amanda for so long. I
know how Amanda plays, and with two other freshmen coming in, I had to adjust
some type of way.