BELMONT, N.C. –
Charlotte assistant women’s basketball coach Nicole Woods
will make history at her alma mater, Belmont Abbey, Saturday night when she becomes the first former women’s Crusaders player to have her jersey honored. Woods, a 2006 Belmont Abbey graduate, is in her first season with the 49ers program.
Woods will join six former men’s basketball players when the ceremony takes place at halftime of Belmont Abbey’s men’s hoops contest with North Georgia Saturday night. She capped her illustrious career by earning NCAA Division II Bulletin All-American Second Team honors.
She finished her final campaign .01 ppg behind the national leader, averaging 24.1 for the Crusaders and collecting the Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference Player of the Year award for 2005-06. She was named to the league’s first team as a junior and senior and ranked third nationally with 8.1 assists per game in 2004-05.
Woods, a Gastonia, N.C., native, concluded her career with 1641 points, placing fourth in school history, while her 676 points as a senior still top the school’s single-season list.
She owns the school’s only triple-double with a 22-point, 10-rebound and 10-assist performance against Erskine (Jan. 6, 2005), while tallying a career-high 37 points at Wingate (Jan. 3, 2005) and at Queens (Feb. 19, 2005).
After completing her degree as a double major in accounting and business management, she played professionally for one season for the Nottingham Wildcats in England. She led the club in assists and was second in scoring during her only year overseas.
Woods returned to the states to begin her coaching career, joining the Southern Illinois staff in 2009 as a graduate assistant. With the Salukis, she worked for her former collegiate head coach, Missy Tiber.
After completing her graduate work at SIU with a master’s in public administration, Woods moved onto Stetson where she helped the Hatters capture a school-record 24 victories and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13. She also was instrumental in the development of Victoria McGowan, the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.
Woods joined the Charlotte program in June 2013, working primarily with the perimeter players. She has helped the 49ers to a 4-4 record thus far this year.
The Charlotte women’s basketball team will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday when it returns to Halton Arena and plays host to nationally-ranked South Carolina.