|Nearby foe comes to Halton for Tuesday matchup|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s basketball team will look to keep the momentum going from Saturday’s victory when it plays host to nearby Winthrop at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside Halton Arena. The 49ers are 16-4 at home over the last two seasons.
Charlotte brings a 2-3 record into the contest after knocking off UCF 62-52 Saturday night behind a balanced, collective effort and strong defensive play. The Niners held the previously unbeaten Knights to an opponent season-low 32.4 percent shooting, while grabbing 51 rebounds, a Charlotte season high, off the glass.
Sophomore Kira Gordon sparked the win with a career-best 16 points and nine rebounds, falling just short of a double-double for the second-straight game. She was joined in double figures by redshirt junior Gabby Tyler, who netted 10 as the pair combined to hit 12-of-16 field goals.
Senior Ny Hammonds, who stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists, is the 49ers’ leading scorer entering Tuesday with her 10.3 average. Gordon is just behind at 10.2 ppg, while junior Ayanna Holmes also is in double figures with a 10.0 mark.
The balance extends to the rebounding, with sophomore Alexis Alexander topping the squad at 7.4 per outing. Three other players have collected at least five per game, as Charlotte has won the battle on the glass in each of the last two contests.
Winthrop, a team that reached the WNIT Second Round a year ago, is off to its best start since 1972-73 with its 4-0 record. The Eagles have reached as high as No. 7 nationally in the early season Realtime.com RPI rankings and are led by senior Dequesha McClanhan, the school’s all-time leading scorer, and freshman Erica Williams. The pair averages 23.5 and 20.5 points, respectively, to compliment a 12.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg effort from sophomore Schaquilla Nunn.
Head coach Kevin Cook, in his second season at the helm, and served as an assistant coach on four WNBA championship-winning squads with the Houston Comets during his 11-year stay in the professional ranks.
The 49ers have won the last 15 meetings in the series to hold an 18-1 edge, dating back to the first contest Nov. 27, 1979. Charlotte has not dropped a matchup in the series since Jan. 21, 1985.
It's $1 admission night to all patrons, other than students who are admitted free with ID. There will be a hint of Thanksgiving in the air, as well, as a video will run on the scoreboard showcasing the 49ers team and a Thanksgiving relay race will occur during one of the timeouts.
Charlotte49ers.com will have links for live video and live stats, while Josh Feldman will handle the play-by-play for the broadcast. Updates will also be provided on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.
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