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Back to the hardwood Tuesday for 49ers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s basketball team will play for the first time in nine days Tuesday when it hits the road for DeLand, Fla., for a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup with Stetson. The 49ers have been off since Dec. 8 due to the end of the fall semester and final exams.

Charlotte enters the contest with a 4-5 record after dropping a 76-61 decision to No. 12/10 South Carolina in its out last outing. Senior Ny Hammonds led the squad with 14 points, edging out sophomore Kira Gordon by one team-high scoring honors. Gordon added nine rebounds to fall just shy of her first career double-double.

The pair is two-thirds of the Niners’ trio of double-figure scorers, as they average 10.9 and 10.8 points, respectively. Leading the pack with an 11.0 points per game average is junior Hillary Sigmon, whose mark is boosted by a team-best 14 triples.

Gordon also ranks third on the team with 5.9 rebounds per outing, trailing the 6.8 pace set by classmate Alexis Alexander. Redshirt junior Gabby Tyler has corralled 6.0 boards per game to place second among the 49ers, while Hammonds contributes an average of 4.9 from her point guard role.

Meanwhile, Stetson is guided by five players, its primary starters, all averaging double figures. Sasha Sims, the Preseason Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year, has turned it up on the other end by leading the group with an 18.1 mark, while Brianti Saunders is next at 15.8 ppg.

A collective team effort is also shown on the glass, with all five players plus another averaging at least 4.6 rebounds per game. Cherisse Burris tops the rebounding group with 7.9 per game, slightly edging out the 7.4 hauled in from Amber Porter.

Despite the balanced scoring and rebounding totals, the Hatters are just 5-4 on the season entering the matchup with a 72-68 setback to USF in their last outing, Dec. 8. Stetson opened the year playing in the Preseason WNIT, where it dropped two of three contests, before winning four of its next five with the lone loss in the run at Florida State.

Lynn Bria is in her sixth season in charge of the program with one of her assistants being a former Charlotte standout, Pam Brown, class of 2006.

The 49ers won last year’s meeting, 81-73, in Halton Arena to claim a 2-0 series lead. The first time the two teams faced one another was Dec. 1, 1989, with the Niners earning a 92-55 victory in the Florida State-hosted Tallahassee Hilton Classic.

The game can be heard live on Charlotte49ers.com with Josh Feldman on the call. Live audio and live stats are also linked through the website, while updates can be found on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.

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