CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A season-long four-game homestand for the Charlotte women’s basketball team starts with a 4 p.m. tip Sunday against Furman inside Halton Arena. It marks the first game of a 49ers hoops doubleheader with the men’s program, who will face Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. on a Fox Sports 1 national telecast.
Charlotte’s four-game homestand is the longest under head coach Cara Consuegra and is the most since the four-in-a-row played on its home floor from Dec. 2-12, 2009. The Niners enter the stretch, which features the end of the non-conference slate and the start of the Conference USA schedule, at 5-6 following a 76-60 victory at cross-county rival Davidson Dec. 21.
In the win over the Wildcats, three different 49ers netted career-high scoring totals, led by sophomore Kira Gordon’s 19 on 7-of-10 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws. Her effort vaulted her into the team lead with an 11.6 points per game average through the squad’s first 11 contests of the campaign.
Gordon’s 55.8 field goal percentage ranks her high within her Conference USA peers, while she also places third among her teammates with a 5.7 rebounding per game mark.
Freshmen Ciara Gregory and Lefty Webster tallied a career-best 12 points apiece in the Davidson triumph. Gregory’s was boosted by a 4-of-5 performance from behind the 3-point arc, while Webster can attribute an 8-of-9 effort at the foul line to her credit.
Gordon’s 11.6 ppg is followed by junior Hillary Sigmon and senior Ny Hammonds, who average 10.8 and 10.7, respectively. The trio lead a balanced scoring attack with nine different players registering new career highs this season.
Gabby Tyler’s 6.8 rebounds per game, which features three-straight nine-board showings for the redshirt junior, edge out sophomore Alexis Alexander’s 6.7 average on the glass. Charlotte posted a 44-to-36 advantage on the boards on its way to defeating Davidson for the fifth-straight time.
Furman marks the second-consecutive Southern Conference foe for the 49ers and it brings a 6-6 record into the matchup, though it dropped a 65-55 home decision to USC Upstate Dec. 21. The Paladins, led by fourth-year head coach Jackie Carson, had won five of their last six prior to the recent setback.
Holli Wilkins paces the squad with 14.4 points per game, while Brittany Hodges joins her in double figures with a 10.4 mark. Hodges is the team’s top rebounder, hauling in 8.1 per game with Sarah Durdaller next on the list with 5.9 each time out.
The 49ers hold a 6-5 lead in the all-time series, including the only other meeting during Consuegra’s tenure, an 89-53 victory Jan. 3, 2012. Furman had won the previous four matchups before that loss to close the gap.
The two teams played in the final women’s basketball game in Belk Gym, Nov. 30, 1996, before Charlotte moved into Halton Arena four days later.
Live audio will be available for the game on Charlotte49ers.com with Chad Gunton filling in as play-by-play for Josh Feldman. Live video and stats will be linked through the website with updates also available on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.