|First-time meeting set for Wednesday at home|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's basketball team, named Monday as the ESPN.com National Team of the Week by Graham Hays, will put its seven-game win streak on the line by playing host to Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside Halton Arena. It will mark the first time in the programs' history they have faced each other.
Charlotte garnered the recognition after improving to 18-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference following Sunday's 71-66 road victory at Saint Joseph's. It marked the second-straight Sunday in which the 49ers knocked off a previously unbeaten league foe.
The current seven-game win streak is a season long, and is the longest for the Niners under head coach Cara Consuegra and since they won seven-in-a-row from Nov. 30, 2010, through Dec. 22, 2010. Charlotte, which has already clinched a winning record for the 26th time in the program's 38-year history, currently sits third in the Atlantic 10 race and is one of three teams to only have one conference loss.
Senior Jennifer Hailey collected her third straight and fourth overall Atlantic 10 Player of the Week award this week, tying the school record for most in a career. She has seven-straight double-doubles, and 17 on the year and 37 in her career.
Hailey ranks among the A-10 leaders with her averages of 15.5 points and 12.0 rebounds. She enters Wednesday's contest with 988 career boards, needing just 12 to reach the 1,000 plateau and join an elite group in school history.
She also has slid into a first-place tie with Adrienne Jordan (1998, 2000-02) for the program's all-time blocked shots record with 207. Hailey has at least one rejection in 34-straight games entering Wednesday.
Joining Hailey with a double-double average is fellow senior Amanda Dowe, who pours 10.7 points and grabs 10.8 rebounds a game. The 49ers pair is the only set of teammates nationally to accomplish the feat and the two are among just 36 players on the list.
With them contributing down low, out on the perimeter sophomore Hillary Sigmon has knocked down 46 3-pointers and junior Ny Hammonds continues to place among the Top 10 national leaders for assists per game with 6.9. Her 144 assists rank fourth on the school's single-season list and are just 18 shy of the mark.
Butler owns a 14-9 overall and 5-3 Atlantic 10 record in its first season competing in the conference. The Bulldogs, coached by 11th-year mentor Beth Couture, is coming off a 77-60 setback at George Washington Sunday.
Junior Darress McClung paces the squad with 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while her 2.6 blocks average edge out Hailey for the league lead.
Wednesday's game can be watched live on Charlotte49ers.com with Josh Feldman handling play-by-play duties. Live stats are also available through the website, while updates will be provided on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.
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