CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
It’s time to check in with the Charlotte women’s basketball program and the first of a three-part summer notebook series. Each of these notebooks is designed to provide updates on the 49ers summer happenings and catch up with a member of the coaching staff.
The focus for this edition will be with recently-appointed associate head coach Karen Lange
, who enters her third season on the Niners bench but the first in her new role. Charlotte49ers.com recently sat down with coach Lange to discuss her promotion and see how her summer has been up to this point.
In addition, below is a list of accomplishments by the five signees who will be joining the 49ers program this season. Each player finished her high school career on a high note and is already on the Charlotte campus this summer to begin preparations for the 2013-14 academic and athletic years. Tanisha Brown (Loris, S.C.)
Nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game … Netted 1,922 career points and 1,152 career rebounds … Earned a 3A all-state honor from the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association, the third of her career … Selected to the Sun News
’ Toast of the Coast Team … Garnered American Family Insurance All-USA South Carolina honorable mention accolades by USA Today
High School Sports … Posted two triple-doubles during the year, including one in the state playoffs first round … Tallied 12 double-doubles over the course of the season … Averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds as a senior … Played in the Southeast Elite 24 Classic, an all-star game featuring the Top 20 players in Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina … Ranked as a preseason player to watch in the state by Southern Hoops Girls Basketball Report & Scouting Service … Graduated Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA … Member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club … Selected as a National Honor Scholar. Mylia Garner (Siler City, N.C.)
Named NCPreps.com’s 2A state player of the year … Earned all-state second team honors by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association … Garnered a spot on the NCPreps.com 2A all-state team … Voted the Mid-State Conference Player of the Year … Tabbed the District 8 Player of the Year … Received All-District 8 First Team plaudits … Concluded career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,210 points … Averaged 18.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game her final campaign … Selected for the West squad at the North Carolina High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game … Picked as the Feb. 10 MyChathamSports.com Athlete of the Week after putting up an average of 29.5 ppg the previous week, including a high of 34 … Led all players with 19 points in the Eastern Region final … Was a four-year starter. Ciara Gregory (Jeannette, Pa.)
Named a Parade
All-American … One of 40 on the prestigious national list and believed to be just the third in program history … Selected as the state 2A player of the year … Received player of the year accolades from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
… Named as an all-state first team honoree by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association … Led Western Pennsylvania in scoring for the second-straight season with 30.4 ppg … One of 31 players since 1985 to average 30.0 ppg or more in the WPIAL … Joined the 2,000-point club with a school-record 2,130 … Listed as the ninth-leading scorer in the country … Voted the Westmoreland County Player of the Year … Averaged 34.3 ppg in her team’s three playoff games … Named MVP at the Char-Valley All-Star Game … Added another MVP plaudit from the West squad at the Roundball Classic All-Star Game after leading her team with 14 points … Honored as the Feb. 15 U.S. Air Force High Flyer of the Week after a triple-double against Derry HS … Chosen as the Feb. 21 WTAE/Clearview Federal Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week … Garnered MSA Sports Network Player of the Year and All-Netters First Team accolades. Kenya Olley (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game … Garnered all-state and all-region plaudits … Awarded as the player of the year by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
… Played just 10 games due to injury but still averaged a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks … Netted 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in state championship as team finished as 4A runner-up … Named the Herald-Journal
’s Feb. 1 Player of the Week … Selected to compete in the Carolinas All-Star Classic and Spartanburg vs. Greenville FCA All-Star Game. Danielle Webster (Norfolk, Va.)
Named to the National Christian School Athletic Association’s Large School Division All-American First Team … Tabbed to the NCSAA’s Northeast Super Region team all four years … Garnered All-Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II First Team plaudits … Picked as an All-Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools (TCIS) First Team member … Netted over 2,000 career points … Averaged 19.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in her final campaign … Led school to the VISAA Division II state crown … Scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added six steals in the championship … Also competed in track … Placed second in the conference in the 400m and 4x400m relay.
Stay tuned to Charlotte49ers.com for more summer updates regarding the women’s basketball program and future editions of the notebook.